the unknown unknown
Posted on oktober 31, 2014
Een leuk essay van Mark Forsyth over “bookshops and the delight of not getting what you wanted”.
In dat boekje een inspirerende quote van Donal Henry Rumsfeld, de voormalige buitenlandminister van de VS :
The message is that there are no “knowns”. There are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say there are things that we now know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we do not know we don’t know.
So when we do the best we can and we pull all this information together, and we then say well that’s basically what we see as the situation, that is really only the known knows and the known unknowns. And each year, we discover a few more of those unknown unknowns.
It sounds like a riddle. It isn’t a riddle. It is a very serious important matter.
“The unknown unknown”, Mark Forsyth, Icon, November 2014.