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THUNK - 39. When is Ignorance Better than Knowledge?

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Published on Aug 5, 2014

Nerds like me have an itch to learn new things, but can scratching it be harmful? When is it better to not know?

-Links for the Curious-

An interesting Psychology Today editorial on the truth of the phrase "ignorance is bliss" - http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/h...

A paper documenting deteriorating mental health for patients diagnosed with terminal illness - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/artic...

A summary of the discoveries of super-virulent H5N1 strains - http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/26/hea...

A great philosophical inspection of truth & how we can know it - http://mitpress.mit.edu/sites/default...

From Reddit user denijeur, a summary of a published paper in Science about how less information can sometimes result in better decision-making - http://www.eurekalert.org/features/ki...

And finally, from the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, an entry on the Total Perspective Vortex - http://hitchhikers.wikia.com/wiki/Tot...

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