The Big Short: Appropriate More Knowledge To Overthink

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The more we know, the more we have to be doubtful about. The movie “The Big Short” opens with a quote supposedly from Mark Twain: “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” It tells that the more knowledge you have causes you to overthink. Knowledge, according to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, is the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience or association. Whereas doubt involves in questioning some belief of a perceived ‘reality’ and may reject previous knowledge. This essay will focus on the extent to which more knowledge could cause doubt. The basic progress of Science is made possible through imagined hypothesis by scientists attempting to determine and establish the meaning of the unexplained. These hypotheses will then be tested or experimented upon through scientific procedures, and among the entire conclusion drawn the positive ones will be theories. Those theories that are held as “scientific knowledge” will remain until they are doubted, proven wrong and contested against; in the future challenged by new experiments and explorations. Albert Einstein once said, “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” The quote…show more content…
Therefore like what is written in, even after scientific theories are propagated into laws, new methods from new experiments will always be discovered which can always challenge them as long as one continues to doubt. The question now is, can science actually prove anything? According to American theoretical physicist, Richard Feynman, “Scientific knowledge is a body of statements of varying degrees of certainty — some most unsure, some nearly sure, but none absolutely certain.” In science all ideas are “just” mere
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