Agrippa’s trilemma and choosing ignorance

Via Naval.

All “why” questions end in one of three ways:

  • Infinite regress. It’s turtles all the way down.
  • Because. An axiom. “God” or “the Big Bang”.
  • Circular reasoning. If A then B. If B then A. Put those statements together and you have a satisfyingly complete explanation.

Me, I’m slowly coming to grips with the idea that I don’t know the answers, so I’m solving hard questions with:

  • Deliberate ignorance. 😀

I’m willing to tolerate competing and conflicting answers. To say “I don’t know”. That’s on a good day.

On a middling day I am less lazy and I say “I don’t know yet, but someday I might.” Actually, that’s a bit harsh. The universe usually delivers answers to essential questions, in its own time. I might actually know an answer someday. And who knows. It might be a correct answer.

On a bad day I am the smartest guy in the room. I can figure out everything from first principles.