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With all the scientific progress we’ve made over the past centuries, there’s still a massive, unknowable amount of information that we have yet to comprehend. In many cases, we haven’t figured out even basic truths about our world: what is the force of gravity, really? How does human consciousness actually function? In this brief, animated and humorous skewering of the cult of knowledge, the BBC producer John Lloyd argues that for all our striving for intelligence and information, what matters most is learning how to conduct our everyday lives better.
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