Monday, March 19, 2012

What we know

There is an old proverb that says "those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it."  It might have been a crazy history teacher who coined the phrase in order to validate his position, or it might have been a wizened old sensei that looked like a mesh of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Gandalf.  Who knows.

I do think there is some truth to the statement.  If we ignore the past, then we will be ignorant of the mistakes of our ancestors and much more likely to repeat them.  But if we learn from them, then we will become a much healthier society.

The same is true for ourselves.  If we completely ignore our past mistakes, then we are doomed to repeatedly fail.  But if we own our mistakes and learn from them, we will become better people.

How well do you learn from your own history?

How well do you learn from the collective history of mankind?  I was forwarded this test.  Supposedly, "the average score for all 2,508 Americans taking the [preceding] test was 49 %; college educators scored 55%.  Can you do better?  Questions were drawn from past Intercollegiate Studies Institute surveys, as well as other nationally recognized exams."

Take it, see how well you do, and leave a comment with your score.

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