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Jul 04, 2020 - 10:50 AMBy Leah Hager Cohen

Librarian s note There is an Advance Reader Copy for this edition of this book here.A short, concise book in favor of honoring doubt and admitting when the answer is I don t know.In a tight, enlightening narrative, Leah Hager Cohen explores why, so often, we attempt to hide our ignorance, and why, in so many different areas, we would be better off coming clean Weaving eLibrarian s note There is an Advance Reader Copy for this edition of this book here.A short, concise book in favor of honoring doubt and admitting when the answer is I don t know.In a tight, enlightening narrative, Leah Hager Cohen explores why, so often, we attempt to hide our ignorance, and why, in so many different areas, we would be better off coming clean Weaving entertaining, anecdotal reporting with eye opening research, she considers both the ramifications of and alternatives to this ubiquitous habit in arenas as varied as education, finance, medicine, politics, warfare, trial courts, and climate change But it s than just encouraging readers to confess their ignorance Cohen proposes that we have much to gain by embracing uncertainty Three little words can in fact liberate and empower, and increase the possibilities for true communication So much becomes possible when we honor doubt.
  • Title: I Don't Know: In Praise of Admitting Ignorance (Except When You Shouldn't)
  • Author: Leah Hager Cohen
  • ISBN: 9781594632396
  • Page: 155
  • Format: Hardcover

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Edwina Callan Jul 04, 2020 - 10:50 AM
Ah, yes, the problems we create for ourselves simply by not saying three little words I Don t Know.I loved this little book especially the part where the chief of obstetrics asked the new intern if she d ever done a tubal ligation, she said, Yes , when in fact, she had only watched it done ONCE The chief handed her the scalpel then, later they both went and LIED to the patient aboutTough Circumstances It reminded me of my many hospitalizations and how something BAD happened Every Single Time At [...]
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Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance Jul 04, 2020 - 10:50 AM
I don t ever say I don t know Maybe it s part of being a librarian or maybe it s my supercilious personality, but I just don t say I don t know I m stopping From now on, I will bravely admit my ignorance I will try This tiny little book, a long essay really, has inspired me Just do it Say it Here goes I Don t Know There That feels better already.So let me start this review over I don t know what to say about I Don t Know.How does that sound More honest, anyway.
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Daniel Jul 04, 2020 - 10:50 AM
I bought this book about the same time as I started getting used to my kindle And the story of how I found this book reminds us of what we re losing in an increasingly electronic age Last weekend, I was in the Barnes Noble looking for a particular book to give a friend for Christmas and chanced on this book and another on one of the display tables I picked up the book after first seeing it, then set it down, but the title kept coming back to me, given that I had once written an essay in college [...]
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Julie Ehlers Jul 04, 2020 - 10:50 AM
I like Leah Hager Cohen s writing I ve read Train Go Sorry and some magazine pieces so I was happy to get this ARC in the mail Basically this book is about how, sometimes, fear keeps us from admitting that we don t know some things, and also keeps us from expressing things we do know, and both of these tendencies close us off to possibility and prevent genuine connections with others We are then, as she paraphrases, at the mercy of our notions I certainly agree with the premise, and the writing [...]
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Florinda Jul 04, 2020 - 10:50 AM
In a culture that seems to be and in search of a sense of certainty and definitive, black and white answers, Leah Hager Cohen s I don t know In Praise of Admitting Ignorance Except When You Shouldn t bravely presents another perspective It s a difficult work to describe It makes use of existing research, but isn t particularly scholarly it s an extremely long essay, but a pretty short book it s a quick read, but a sticky one, simple in appearance but deeply thought provoking It has the potenti [...]
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thewanderingjew Jul 04, 2020 - 10:50 AM
What I expected from this brief book, was a discussion on the advantages of being truthful, admitting errors, admitting ignorance, even when afraid of being viewed as a fool My dad always said, the only really smart person is that person who knows there is still a lot to learn Being able to admit you don t know something, is the only way to learn something I did not expect it to be this diatribe against the GOP and a cheerleading exercise for what the author seems to consider the emotional and [...]
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Daniel Gargallo Jul 04, 2020 - 10:50 AM
Meaningful content here but but it s not the win it could have been In the conclusion we get a good look at the writer s skill and passion leaving me with the feeling of, where was this in the rest of the book In a surprising way I found connection to the book in the parts where the writer spoke from her personal experience than when she drew on other people s intense traumatic experiences.Not a bad book to use if you re going through a period of reflection and want to examine your presumptions [...]
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Latasha Jul 04, 2020 - 10:50 AM
I was expecting a bit about know it alls rather than just people who should actually stand up for what they know.
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Jenny Jul 04, 2020 - 10:50 AM
I don t know is similar in content to Being Wrong, but is a briefer, gentler book As the title indicates, the author focuses on admitting ignorance rather than as Schulz does admitting wrongdoing or wrong thinking Though I don t know is much shorter than Being Wrong, the pattern is similar the author introduces a concept, supports it with research, and provides examples and anecdotes Leah Hager Cohen is a lovely writer I highly recommend her novel, The Grief of Others , a thoughtful person, and [...]
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Erin Boyington Jul 04, 2020 - 10:50 AM
Drawing on the insights of science and literature, this essay explores the power of admitting ignorance and why it is so difficult to do so.It s a short book, barely 72 pages long, and packed with the titles of other books to explore if you re fascinated by the topic of ignorance and the limits of human knowledge There are intense social pressures to appear knowledgeable pressures that even small children feel, though a failure to admit ignorance often spreads darkness than light.With anecdotes [...]
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Deb Jul 04, 2020 - 10:50 AM
One thing I do know One thing that I do know for sure is that I absolutely loved _I Don t Know_.As we all know, admitting when we don t know something can be a challenge This book provides a fascinating exploration of the two kinds of fears underlying this not knowing Fear of estrangement and fear of stepping into the abyss for as much as we might worry that saying I don t know could cost us the human company we desire, evict us from our place around the hearth, there s an even primal fear asso [...]
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Byron Edgington Jul 04, 2020 - 10:50 AM
Here we have a timely, succinct and easily read little book that tells us all we need to know about what we don t Doctors, lawyers Indian Chiefs, anyone in a position of authority, a parent, teacher, salesclerk, mechanic, minister, nurse In other words, any one of us confronted with a question or dilemma will, according to Hager Cohen, benefit from the simple acknowledgement that perhaps we don t know the answer With a casual style and in very few words or pages, just 128 in hardcover, I Don t K [...]
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Tucker Jul 04, 2020 - 10:50 AM
I enjoyed the personal anecdotes and the framework It was neat to think of the reasons people might want to pretend to know something they re actually ignorant of in this book, the desired objects of knowledge were chiefly academic related points alongside the less obvious scenarios in which people might pretend not to know something that they do know repressed memories of sexual abuse, profound insults, the specter or the actuality of violence, etc The book gave a good interpretive lens for Rum [...]
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Kayla Jul 04, 2020 - 10:50 AM
Quick and short with some great ideas and insight I wish she had taken it a bit further though
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Jenny Kim Jul 04, 2020 - 10:50 AM
This book caught my attention because the subject itself is something that I ve been trying to work on in my own life I find these three syllables difficult to say and when I delve internally I know why it s difficult to say.I enjoyed the intimacy and tone of this book I can only describe it as a soft, back lit image of a female heroine with a gentle smile But I especially enjoy the book, because it cracks open the reasons why myself and many others are afraid to say I don t know The author writ [...]
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Andrew Jul 04, 2020 - 10:50 AM
The concept sounds so basic what s wrong with admitting that you don t know something Author Cohen points out that it isn t that easy Peer pressure, the fear of feeling stupid we all know about The Emperor s New Clothes , and the fear note how this word keeps coming up of appearing to lose some authority all prevent us from admitting to being in the dark about something.Ms Cohen points out that it can be a sign of strength to admit to not knowing something, and can prevent sometimes dangerous as [...]
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Elisa Jul 04, 2020 - 10:50 AM
In American culture, the result of vocalizing our lack of knowledge in social settings is quite unacceptable Shame, guilt, vulnerability and a lack of self confidence are common We have all been in similar situations where we were supposed to have known the answer, but didn t Supposed to have been familiar with the author or works, but weren t But, Hager Cohen suggests that we can take control of and change this emotional response and cultural construct We can behave conversely and, in turn, vol [...]
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Stacy Jul 04, 2020 - 10:50 AM
This was a quick read with an important message, that it s okay not to know everything Leah Cohen talks about the very real problem of feeling ashamed about not knowing something and how that can actually inhibit us from gaining new knowledge She decided as a college instructor that she would start out each of her classes with a discussion about how it s okay not to know something We talk about the fear of not knowing We talk about which environments tend to feed it, in which situations we feel [...]
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Nicole Jul 04, 2020 - 10:50 AM
I picked up I Don t Know In Praise of Admitting Ignorance Except When You Shouldn t and wondered how the author could write about such a small subject for nearly 100 pages I mean, yes, she could write about myth, anthropology, and psychological experiments, but would that fill a book Maybe, but Cohen only touches on these and instead writes extensively about her friends experiences and every liberal political subject available Sexism Check Racism Of course Climate change, gay marriage, Palestini [...]
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Audrey Jul 04, 2020 - 10:50 AM
Truly amazing and worth the five stars The copy I read was from my local library, and I intend to invest in a copy for myself A short, concise book that explores, with compassion and relatable anecdotes, how an individual group institution society can be motivated to feign knowing when they do not know or feign ignorance when they do know Cohen also discusses how having the courage to say I don t know except when one shouldn t, can be a guide to living with integrity and openness that create gen [...]
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Christina Jul 04, 2020 - 10:50 AM
While the book was enjoyable and well written, I disagreed with the philosophical implications of the author s suggestion that we apply I don t know in every area of life The refusal to nail anything down will lead to rampant relativism and agnosticism However, I do think the phrase has a place in many parts of life, where people are often afraid to admit a lack of knowledge It s understandable I ve felt the pressure myself to know it all, in the classroom, in conversation, even at church To hon [...]
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Don LaFountaine Jul 04, 2020 - 10:50 AM
This is a book that does not take long to read and one I enjoyed I believe the premise of the book is to get people to think about when and why they don t acknowledge their ignorance about a topic The author makes some very good points as to why we do this, and I can certainly remember times that I was afraid to say I don t know Either from a fear of embarrassment or of being labeled, almost everyone does this or has done this This book simply points it out, and discusses why we do this, and why [...]
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Robbins Library Jul 04, 2020 - 10:50 AM
Real civil discourse necessarily leaves room for doubt That doesn t make us wishy washyWe can still hold fervent beliefs The difference is, we don t let those beliefs calcify into unconsidered doctrine.Fundamentalism of any kind is the refusal to allow doubt The opposite of fundamentalism is the willingness to say I don t know 105 106 In this brief, thoughtful book, Leah Hager Cohen examines why we re so reluctant to admit when we don t know things, and why it would be better if we could Her wri [...]
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Vanessa Jul 04, 2020 - 10:50 AM
If you have read, discussed or written about the imposter theory this book is for you In this quick read, Cohen explores the stigma of saying I don t know, and what we sacrifice by doing so We refrain from saying I don t know because we want to avoid shame or being shunned But such pretense comes at a cost For when we allow ourselves to be vulnerable, we increase the possibilities for true connection with others, with new ideas and with our deepest selves So much becomes possible when we honor d [...]
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Adriana Jul 04, 2020 - 10:50 AM
Mandatory note Got the ARC via First Reads.A well written, thought provoking venture into why we re loathe to admit when we don t know things and why we do it The author manages to turn very dry academic information into a story, almost a conversation with the reader.A very quick read that tends to go from one tangent to another without really solving the I don t know debate it begins Its greatest strength is getting the reader to be a part of that debate and think maybe adjust behaviors.
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Quin Rich Jul 04, 2020 - 10:50 AM
A fun, short, reassuring read Cohen draws draws from interviews, anecdotes, research, and other sources to offer a brief defense of admitting ignorance It s not earth shattering by any means, and falls into some of the same kinds of problematic arguments made by other books of this type That said, it s not without value if you re feeling a little lost and uncertain, but are unsure how to deal with those feelings for fear of being painted as not in the know.
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T. Jul 04, 2020 - 10:50 AM
I Don t Know is clear, concise, thought provoking, and marvelously entertaining, thanks to Leah Hager Cohen s illuminated prose In this short book, she accessibly dives into the psychology of ignorance without academic pretention or preachiness There is a brief, meandering conclusion wherein some of the author s anecdotes don t fully serve as a denouement so much as pretty story material, but overall the book was a short but very enjoyable read.
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Christopher Giesen Jul 04, 2020 - 10:50 AM
This short and informative book was a pleasure to read As the title suggests it is focused on the positive aspects of admitting ignorance I would definitely recommend it as the book takes very little time to read but lends advice that would benefit almost anyone, some than others In fact I can think of a few know it alls who might be receiving this as a gift from me in the near futureI received this ARC from a giveaway.
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Readerly Magazine Jul 04, 2020 - 10:50 AM
In her latest book, Cohen waxes poetic about ignorance, why we fear it, and when we should just admit we don t know Cohen examines the fear of uncertainty, sharing insights on the consequences of lying about what we don t know and how our background affects what we re willing to admit Readers will long think about the power of the unknown.
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Marcia Merrill Jul 04, 2020 - 10:50 AM
Little than 100 pages, it s a very thought provoking read She has some great ideas and examples, but doesn t always weave them together that well Interesting look at how fear keeps us from admitting we don t know things Also she looks at things we know but choose not to Definitely worth picking up.
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I Don't Know: In Praise of Admitting Ignorance (Except When You Shouldn't) By Leah Hager Cohen Librarian s note There is an Advance Reader Copy for this edition of this book here.A short, concise book in favor of honoring doubt and admitting when the answer is I don t know.In a tight, enlightening narrative, Leah Hager Cohen explores why, so often, we attempt to hide our ignorance, and why, in so many different areas, we would be better off coming clean Weaving eLibrarian s note There is an Advance Reader Copy for this edition of this book here.A short, concise book in favor of honoring doubt and admitting when the answer is I don t know.In a tight, enlightening narrative, Leah Hager Cohen explores why, so often, we attempt to hide our ignorance, and why, in so many different areas, we would be better off coming clean Weaving entertaining, anecdotal reporting with eye opening research, she considers both the ramifications of and alternatives to this ubiquitous habit in arenas as varied as education, finance, medicine, politics, warfare, trial courts, and climate change But it s than just encouraging readers to confess their ignorance Cohen proposes that we have much to gain by embracing uncertainty Three little words can in fact liberate and empower, and increase the possibilities for true communication So much becomes possible when we honor doubt.

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