Scholars often refer to Desiderius Erasmus 1466 -1536 as the last man who knew it all. Johannes Gutenberg had just invented the printing press that broke the monopoly of the monasteries as repositories for human knowledge.
Researchers believe that major breakthroughs in communication occur about every 500 years. If we fast-forward from the printing press about 1440, we have the development of computer technology about 1940. Scientists now believe that human knowledge doubles every two years.
It is against this backdrop that we examine the concept of “know-it-all.” At this point we must distinguish between knowledge and “knowing.” It is possible to learn a great deal about a particular subject and become “expert” in a given field. That exercise is a mental one. Knowing involves experience. For example, we may learn about gambling at an online casino and how the online casino bonus works. We may go to ladbrokes real play for mobile and try playing a game with play money. All of this is knowledge. We really don’t know about gambling online until we place real money in a game and “feel” the experience of winning and losing. With real money we experience the highs and lows, the wild schizophrenia that comes with gambling online.
In personal relationships we don’t know what marriage or an intimate relationship is like until we experience it. We may read about all the tips for a good relationship. We may go to seminars. It is only when we enter the realm of intimacy that we “feel” what it is like, good or bad. With advancement in technology and introduction of gadgets like iphones and blackberry, we can easily access apps like iphonecasino.com and experience what it is like being at the leading edge.
Some researchers have studied the know-it-all syndrome. Dorothy M. Neddermeyer found that know-it-all types lack self-confidence and exhibit narcissism. They tend to dominate and impress their friends with their knowledge. Many have grown up with a feeling of worthlessness. She also believes that we all have some know-it-all traits. Still other researches have categorized know-it-alls as arrogant and self-centered.
As we all know the concept of know-it-all has led to popular game shows and TV programs and shows all about playing poker.
Finally, let’s leave this discussion with a famous Chinese proverb that paraphrased goes like this: He who speaks does not know. He who knows does not speak.
Our previous discussion examined to concepts of knowledge and knowing. Knowledge is that content that we can learn from books and various media. Knowing on the other hand is an internal “feeling” we experience only through “doing” or action.
This time we want to dig deeper. If we have these two different modes of learning, how are they connected? The answer lies in the fact that we actually have “two” brains. One brain we know is the one that collects and stores knowledge. The other is much more subtle and is located at our abdomen. You’ve often heard the saying “gut feeling.” That gut feeling is real.
There is a way to prove this. Try to focus and program your body that you will fall forward if something is good for you and that you will fall backward if it is not good. Take a glass of water and hold it at your abdomen and mentally ask, “Is this good for me?” If you’ve programmed your body properly you will fall forward. You can do this for almost any substance and even people.
Let’s take a real life example. You walk into a casino to the poker table. Seated here are a group of winners and losers. You’ve read dozens of books know all the odds and are confident that this knowledge will make you a winner. There comes a point in each hand when you must decide to “hold em” or “fold em.” Each time you think back to the odds of winning with the cards you have. You play each hand using that knowledge. At the end of the night you walk away the biggest loser at the table.
You go home depressed, wondering why you didn’t win. The main reason is that you used only one of your two brains. You relied exclusively on knowledge without any “gut feelings.” You come to realize that the great poker players, the great Wall Street traders all have something special. That something special is a quiet knowing from inside that when combined with the odds make you a winner. All night long when you had you first losing hand you programmed that inner feeling as that of a loser. Then you kept reinforcing it each time you lost until you became the biggest loser.
Now, let’s try to change that. Sit quietly and try to remember something that you were good at and what kind of feeling you had. If you are used to using only one of your two brains, this exercise will be difficult. But you must absolutely master the art of using both of your brains to be a winner.
You decide to go back to the casino and try again to win at poker. This time you want each winning hand to register in your gut. You will still have losing hands. The trick is not to let that gut feeling you get from losing to overpower your winning feeling. At first it’s best to walk away from the table after winning a few hands. Now go home, sit, relax and only ”feel” those winning hands. Each time you go back, remember that “winning feeling.”