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The entropy of ignorance vs knowledge: 1) There are infinite ways to be ignorant, whereas there is…

The entropy of ignorance vs knowledge:

1) There are infinite ways to be ignorant, whereas there is only one way to be knowledgeable.
2) Ignorance is the most probable and the most stable state of mind. But, knowledge is the least probable,the least stable and low entropy state of mind.
3) Ignorance opens up infinite possibilities, while knowledge collapses all possibilities to one.
4) Knowledge is time- variant, since it is subject to change, correction, modification and experience. Ignorance is time-invariant.
5) Knowledge entails plenty of algorithmic resources. Ignorance requires none.
6) Knowledge is the interface between human mind and the universe. Ignorance acts as a barrier between these two entities.
7) Energy and bandwidth are required to transfer knowledge. Ignorance is a background noise.
8) Knowledge might result in skepticism and doubt, whereas ignorance begets certainty and confidence.

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@Aran what do you mean by this initial line: "There are infinite ways to be ignorant, whereas there is only one way to be knowledgeable." What is the one way of acquiring knowledge? Why would it not be similar to acquiring ignorance?

I tried to look into knowledge and ignorance from the perspective of thermodynamic entropy with a flavor of Shannon’s information theory.

Imagine the problem of entangled wires which anyone who has the simplest electrical/electronic gadgets always encounters.
Why do wires get entangled seemingly by themselves without the influence of any external agent?
Because, there are infinite ways that they get entangled, whereas, there is only one state of disentanglement. Therefore, there is a much higher probability that wires remain in the state of entanglement ( chaos) as compared to when they are disentangled( order). The state of entangled wires is more probable, more stable, and chaotic, containing high entropy. This analogy can be applied to ignorance.

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I guess my question is: Is the path to knowledge a forked path that could lead to ignorance? And what is ignorance per se? There are some who take pride in being openly ignorant while there are some who (through no fault of their own) are unable to infer valid conclusions from evidence.

Intelligence and wisdom are not the same thing, though one can have good instincts that lead to a type of wisdom (street wise). Some people may use education to reach a similar destination.

Does this comport with your theory? I don't think it does.

I think through perception and experience humans can have an approximate knowledge of truth. There may be different paths to truth which eventually converge if they are epistemologically sound.
Ignorance simply represents the state of lack of information or knowledge which is different from ignoring or disregarding facts.
Perhaps, willfully ignoring evidence and facts is the result of ideologies or stupidity, not the lack of knowledge/information, aka ignorance.

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