In this episode, we talk about the importance of keeping an open mind because you don't know what you don't know.
One of the reasons it's always a good idea to keep on reminding yourself to keep an open mind is because you don't know what you don't know, right? Oftentimes when we're educated on something, we're actually miseducated. We don't have all the information. Sometimes it's because the information is changing. Sometimes it's because the information is withheld from us but there could be several different reasons. So I'll give you an example.
Today, I actually learned that as humans, humanity, we've actually landed on Venus. Now, this is something that has never been taught in school. I was educated in the US. And one of the reasons for this is because the first country to be able to land in Venus was Russia in 1970. Well, this was during the Cold War and the US had very good reasons to keep that from the American public in terms of making sure that the propaganda to support the US was very real, right? So sometimes we just don't know what we don't know.
I remember during the first Gulf War, I was living in Michigan and when we went to the US right after the war there was like a lot of anti-American-sentiment and mostly the reason for this American Anti-sentiment was because of the activities that were happening at this one jail center: Abu Ghraib. So in the US I mean we're just basically told how America's great, how America is going to all these different areas and they're liberating people who don't have freedom. So it's like yeah like America number one, right?
But then once you go to these other countries and you actually get news that they don't show you in America because in America they actually do sensor a lot of information. You actually find out some of the real truth. So what I learned is actually saw pictures and videos of people at Abu Ghraib being tortured, not being treated humanely, being put into all these different situations where it's much worse than what it looked like if you were just watching as a regular American regular media.
The other thing that kind of gets me too is: when I was living in China, China is really restrictive, right? But one of the things where I have to give props to China actually is China will blatantly just tell you you know what we're going to monitor everything that we're doing and we're going to restrict information from you. So China is very blatant about it, right? Some of the places that aren't so blatant could probably be a little bit more dangerous because they give you this false sense of security.
So some of the places that aren't as blatant for example are actually the US. So when you look at numbers for example with China they're requesting information from Google to find out about reporters that are probably saying bad things about China. Well, America does this a lot more than China. So America will do information requests will try to find out about people. They'll censor a lot more things. They'll send censorship requests more so than China.
And the basic point is wherever you're getting your education, there could be several reasons why you're being educated in a certain way. Sometimes information may be lost. Maybe you might even have a teacher that has a certain kind of bias. So they didn't even look to disconfirm their bias. So you're just learning after their bias. And it's really important just to keep an open mind because you don't know what you don't know. This is Robin Copernicus. Boom bam, I'm out.
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