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The Streetlight Effect: A metaphor for knowledge and ignorance

This was a fascinating piece about Streetlight Effect and using it a as metaphor to describe knowledge and ignorance. The really interesting bit was where author described totalitarianism as something where there is only one view point be it of boilerplate Marxism or free market capitalism or anything. The totalitarian view point assumes that their framework can explain it all and everything else. Totalitarianism is the like the streetlight where you try to find all your answers but they don't exist there. The opposite of totalitarianism isn't another view point but darkness where good and bad aren't well defined and where the difference of between truth and false is not known.