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  • Knowledge is acquired intelligence or skills, or practical understanding.

    If one does not doubt what she already knows, what motivation will she have to learn more? This is particularly true in the sciences, where experimentation and attempts to verify or reject hypotheses is the core of the methodology- doubt is necessary to the procedure.

    By keeping one's mind open, by not assuming one's beliefs or information must be true, one gains the ability to learn and grow with new information.

    This Persian proverb in the question reminds me of the story of Socrates and the Oracle of Delphi. One of Socrates' friends approached the Oracle and asked him if he was wiser than Socrates. The Oracle responded "no", which shocked the friend and Socrates both, as the Oracle was considered "all knowing". The Oracle replied that it was because Socrates alone among men accepted that he knew nothing that he was the wisest of all.

  • If we never question we never learn.

    The important thing is not to stop questioning." - Albert Einstein. I equate doubt with questioning the things put to you instead of simply accepting the status quo. While knowledge today, this is the information age, can simply be absorbed without questioning if the information is true, true discoveries or incite are gained without it. I use Einstein because he is seen as the epidemy of knowledge, he created the theory of general relativity by doubting the set in stone rules of Newtonian physics and seeking an elegant and concise solution. If people didn't stop and question whether dragging things was the best way to move an object we (would be a healthier society) there would be no wheel, and in turn none of the innovations that I don't ever feel the need to point out.

    By having doubt we are able to learn more then we would be endless data analyzation and by doubting that the first solution is always the best, we have true innovations that has the ability to revolutionize our lives.

  • What can make us improve

    Being doubtful is a way of improving yourself if you want to to say that. Without doubt how would we improve we would just mindlessly following everything without question. That is where true knowledge comes from. All of you people who think this is a sin by gods same thats your own opinion and this is mine.

  • To doubt is to be curious and to explore. This is essential to acquire knowledge.

    Without doubt and curiosity there is no need to go and learn stuff. Doubting is to think for yourself, to not be naive, and to go investigate yourself. This is essential. If you always accept other people's opinions and claims, you are just repeating others and not thinking for yourself, that is no knowledge, that is copying and hoping it is correct.

  • Without Doubt There Is No Curiosity

    If humanity never had doubts about anything, man would never think to experiment and try new things. Everyone would just accept everything as it came and nothing would change. If man had never doubted the reliability of something like automobiles or clothing, they never would've been improved. When we doubt something, we then check and re-check our solution to the problem and save ourselves from having to wonder if we did something right. Doubt forces us to think something over until we are sure it has been done right or until we know that something has reached its full potential.

  • I don't see how

    The key to knowledge is having beliefs that are justified and that correspond to reality. After all, that's what knowledge is--justified true belief. Knowledge is certainly consistent with doubt, but I don't see how doubt contributes to knowledge. Isn't doubt just the opposite of belief? Unless you have certainty, both doubt and belief come in degrees. You can have 60% belief and 40% doubt, or you can have 80% belief and 20% doubt, etc.

  • Doubt isn't to be curious, its to be unsure, it means disbelieve or lack of faith.

    This characterises destruction. The statement that doubt causes a person to be wiser, in my opinion, is far to simplified. I think doubt has so little to do with knowledge its more probable for it to irritate knowledge rather than add to it. Actually, doubt has little to do with knowing itself, and it is usually simply dropped and left behind more than explored sad thought over, it doesn't lead to further exploration of a topic.

  • Doubt isn't to be curious, its to be unsure, it means disbelieve or lack of faith.

    This characterises destruction. The statement that doubt causes a person to be wiser, in my opinion, is far to simplified. I think doubt has so little to do with knowledge its more probable for it to irritate knowledge rather than add to it. Actually, doubt has little to do with knowing itself, and it is usually simply dropped and left behind more than explored sad thought over, it doesn't lead to further exploration of a topic.

  • Doubt is the root of all sin

    Every sin ever committed has been caused by unbelief (not believing or trusting God). Unbelief is caused by doubt.

    The very first recorded sin of humanity was when the Serpent asked Eve, "Did God really say..." That created doubt in Eve's mind, and instead of trusting God's Word, she became curious and wanted to see if what God said was really true. The result, of course, was eating the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. This fruit is what causes us all to judge between good and evil.

    A better choice would have been to eat from the Tree of Life, which didn't offer the ability to judge others or ourselves, but to experience and expand "Life" to all creation.

    We can choose which Tree we will eat from. Joshua told the people to choose life. Jesus taught us to choose the Spirit, which gives life. That requires faith, not doubt.

  • No, I don't believe so.

    I think you are getting these two confused, doubt and caution. Doubt is just not believing something or second thinking it to much while caution is thinking really hard about it, sometimes second thinking it once or twice, and considering the consequences or results. Is doubt the key to knowledge? No, it is just a lack of self-confidence. Is caution the key o knowledge? Yes.

    Posted by: ng

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