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Is there knowledge we should not seek? Or is all knowledge inherently a good thing, and can only persons be harmful?

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Is there knowledge we should not seek? Or is all knowledge inherently a good thing, and can only persons be harmful? Knowledge, like the biblical forbidden fruit, is enticing. The curiosity of human beings urges them to seek new knowledge, and the intelligence of human beings has spurs them to apply their known knowledge for their benefits. People seek knowledge to make use of it and create new knowledge. Since some human beings fail to apply their knowledge in a universally beneficial way, people blame knowledge itself to be evil. However, if examined with care, all knowledge is in itself neutral, and only its misguided application can be harmful. To begin with, I question myself, "What is knowledge?" Defined as a conceptual higher-level abstraction of information, knowledge can be categorized in two distinct areas: theoretical knowledge and practical or applied knowledge. Theoretical knowledge includes all scientific facts that can be proven and experienced by the senses, while practical knowledge includes all applications based on the former. ...read more.

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This explains why anything in itself without any practical use is neutral. For example, when people grant water the meaning of "a clear, colorless, odorless, and tasteless liquid, essential for most plant and animal life and the most widely used of all solvents", water is beneficial. Nevertheless, for the people who encounter floods which bring affliction and suffering and cause enormous economical loss, water is a disaster. Let us refer back to the earlier example. Besides the negative utilization, the knowledge of committing a crime can also be used in criminology for crime prevention. Thus there are always two sides, and may be more, to every single thing in the universe. However, both of these two sides are subject to human manipulation. For example, floods are catastrophic because human beings come to this conclusion from their experience, but in themselves, floods simply consist of water molecules and impurities. Therefore, water is materially neutral, and all the moods, sentiments and attitudes that human beings have towards water are all based on their experiences with it. ...read more.

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not been discovered to have any practical use; however, mathematicians are so fascinated by it not only because of the intellectual challenge that it provides, but also due to its possible future applications. Human beings are so curious and optimistic that they cannot help but explore new knowledge and expect advantages from it because instinctively, they believe knowledge is a good thing. In conclusion, human beings are innocent to the extent that they cannot agree on what knowledge they should seek and cannot decide how they will utilize the knowledge; but they are responsible for all applications they decide to use after discovering the value of their new knowledge. Knowledge itself is neutral and innocuous, as it cannot take the responsibility for causing the dire consequences created by human beings who misuse it. More importantly, we can neither blame human beings for being curious, nor knowledge for being neutral. Mankind is the most unpredictable thing one can think of, but if every human being cooperates, knowledge can be as beneficent as it should be. http://www.akri.org/museum/what.htm [SBSB1] [SBSB2] ...read more.

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