The name of the bird

You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you’re finished, you’ll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird… So let’s look at the bird and see what it’s doing — that’s what counts. I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.

– Richard Feynman (1918 – 1988)

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  1. Hi Bijoy, how very true. We can know about something so much and yet not know the thing itself. Statistical knowledge is very different from personal knowledge. The former just makes a person more proud. The latter gives true wisdom. Many people know much about something. Very few really know it, but is one of them.

    Food for thought!
    Joost Hoogstrate

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