The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge

by Terence

This is a fantastic article that articulates something that I’ve felt for a long time, which is the idea that there is no useless knowledge. If you choose to educate yourself with a goal in mind, that’s great. But it is perfectly fine to pursue knowledge simply to satisfy your own curiosity.

…most of the really great discoveries which had ultimately proved to be beneficial to mankind had been made by men and women who were driven not by the desire to be useful but merely the desire to satisfy their curiosity.

Richard Feynman

In fact, the most valuable knowledge and skills that I’ve picked up over the years were all things that I studied out of personal curiosity and interest rather than something that was thrust upon me, such as philosophy, photography and computers.

I feel so validated now that I know that the great Richard Feynman shares my view 🙂