The Benefits of Doubt
Doubt that leads to knowledge about the world
“I respect faith,” said the playwright Wilson Mizner, “but doubt is what gives you an education.” We have to allow ourselves to question so that we can take in information. “Fundamentalism of any kind,” wrote Leah Hager Cohen in I Don’t Know: In Praise of Admitting Ignorance, “is the refusal to allow doubt. The opposite of fundamentalism is the willingness to say ‘I don’t know.’” When we begin to acknowledge what we don’t know, we become capable of nuance and of growth.