A Need to Hear “I Don’t Know” More: New Statesman

Many in the world are far too certain and free with opinions even when lacking evidence. “’I don’t know’ is a phrase that is sorely needed in modern discourse,” suggests Amelia Tait for New Statesman. “In a world of push notifications, populism and prolifically tweeting presidents, it is easier than ever to feel overpowered by the news.” Many complex issues require nuanced responses that go far beyond yes, no and soundbites, and more people should consult history and gather evidence before offering fast, easy answers or assigning motivation to others with opinions. Tait offers an example of how judgmental, emotional and polarizing soundbites can distract from larger issues. Everyday conversations and world affairs could benefit from everyone pausing, admitting they simply do not know and vowing to read and think more before issuing opinions. This does not mean ignoring truth or facts, but for modern politics, Tait concludes, “I don’t know” can be a powerful, candid and probing phrase. – YaleGlobal

A Need to Hear “I Don’t Know” More: New Statesman

The world could benefit from more curiosity, introspection, fact-finding spurred by the candid phrase, “I don’t know”
Amelia Tait
Saturday, September 28, 2019

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Read the article from New Statesman about the value of hte phrase, “I don’t know.”

Amelia Tait is a freelance journalist, and was previously the New Statesman’s tech and digital culture writer.

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