In other words, none of us can encompass any but a very small part of just the new information presented each year–let alone that accumulated in the past. Let alone evaluate it; let alone understand it. We have to rely on others, or on externals, to tell us if the information we sort through is worth a serious look or not. We have to listen to others to learn to critically examine what we are finding. And we need time to really think about what we have found, if we are going to make any real sense of it.
We have to be educated before we even approach the information before us.
Otherwise, we end up saying things like this:
Access to information is not the same as knowledge, but we’ve begun to think that a Google search is as good as studying and learning… that the machines have done all of this for us.
There’s even a school district in Florida that seems to think it can do away with teachers in certain instances. And a growing number of people seem to agree.
Only a growing amount of ‘stupid’ will result.