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Knowledge can be Useless

Communication must always be possible but determining optimal heuristics is often an abstract problem of conceptual engineering.

Something I have noticed over the last few years of my journey through complexity theory and cognitive, cultural and communications systems is that knowing how (or even why) a something happens is not always of any particular use beyond pure intellectual fascination. Another way of saying this is that the world we inhabit optimally self-propagates and seeks sustainable continuity both for and through methods of self-replication that are anything other than the best ways of doing so.

The takeaway here? You might be able to explain with insightful logic and creative innovation precisely those mechanisms or tendencies that underlie and enervate the processes of the world you inhabit but that world might be completely fixated on reproducing precisely the same kinds of errors and faulty assumption that effectively self-validate and reproduce that world.

This is a shared enigma that I am certain some of you good people out there must also have experienced. It is something of an enduring Gordian knot and I am uncertain how to approach it. Does anyone else have experience with or ideas on how better to engage with such an intractable problem?

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