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Title I don't know ... yet
Subject Medicine--Philosophy
Description The 44th Annual Frederick William Reynolds Lecture.
Creator Peterson, Chase N.
Publisher Frederick William Reynolds Association
Date 1981-02-11
Date Digital 2008-05-29
Type Text
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Resource Identifier,1200
Source R723 .P44
Language eng
Relation Digital reproduction of "I don't know ... yet," J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections
Rights Digital Image Copyright University of Utah
Metadata Cataloger Seungkeol Choe; Ken Rockwell
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Date Created 2008-07-29
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Description The cost of stopping at yesterday's frontier, be it the Alleghenys, fupiter, or obstetrical forceps, has implications for the role of the University in this winter of our legislative discontent. Having run )ut of questions, Dr. Irving deemed further answers unnecessary. In our decade, there is no shortage of questions and we find ourselves driven by multiple conscious and unconscious forces to Tame and answer them. Why do we ask so many questions and seek mswers? Simple curiosity may be as distinguishing a characteristic of Vee men and women as can be found. Curiosity, when disciplined, \iels our study of science, social science and humanities. Undiscip-ined curiosity expressed itself as haphazard nosiness, scattered observations and the reporting we all too often see on our electronic nedia. If curiosity draws us positively to seek answers, we should ilso acknowledge an anxiousness associated with uncertainty which Irives us negatively away from incompleteness. We express this nood with the aphorism that nature abhors a vacuum, mental or jhysical. There simply appears to be a "need to know" which drives is to answers, logical or not, to "tide us through the dark night." ^eaders sometimes respond prematurely and imprudently to a iressure for answers which, even if incomplete, are rationalized to >e better than alternative answers a "lesser leader" might provide. In his connection, I recall a generous but frustrating experience in >ost-WWII Germany. Outsiders found themselves often misled by ncorrect answers to requests for street directions. It happened vhen well-meaning residents didn't know an address but felt it v-ould be impolite to admit ignorance. Just last week a visiting official rom Aachen confirmed, with a smile, my recollection of this Ger-nanic propensity to answers. Finally, there may be so-much pain for some in having no immediate answers to important questions, what we might call "failure >ain." that they are driven to abandon the very questions which nitiallv challenged them. In the language of Watergate, such an mpulse renders an unsolved problem "non-operative." By this iiechanism we hide from our ignorance by hiding our questions. Uncritical acceptance of quick answers also closes off the search or correct answers and too often gives us an authoritative closure on *sues inappropriately. As a left-handed person who was fortu-latelv allowed to grow up left-handed, I hold poignant feelings for hose millions of 'lefties" who once suffered bent wrists, twisted ^ecks. and confused brains because someone, somewhere, uncriti-allv. prematurely, and almost irrevocably provided an authoritative ight-handed answer to the question, "How should people write?" l> a variant of the cry of "wolf, wolf," premature and uncritical
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Source Original Manuscript: I don't know ... yet by Chase N. Peterson.
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Date Created 2008-07-29
Date Modified 2008-07-29
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