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WOW! Look what my fortune cookie said! True wisdom. . .(2 posts)

WOW! Look what my fortune cookie said! True wisdom. . .Mike P
Dec 1, 2003 3:41 PM
"Reports that say something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know," Rumsfeld told a news briefing.

"We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns -- the ones we don't know we don't know."

I post this only out of curiosity, as my simple mind can make no sense whatsoever out of this Officials babble. I know it's old but I just read something about it again today. Is he actually trying to say something or is he just trying to sound profound?

what part don't you understand?mohair_chair
Dec 1, 2003 3:55 PM
It makes sense to me, and no, I'm not kidding. Remove some of the extra language and look at it this way:

1. known knowns = questions we can answer
2. known unknowns = questions we can't answer but know we should ask.
3. unknown unknowns = questions we don't know we should ask (and therefore we can't answer).