Inside and outside

We can learn a great deal about something without learning of something; we can perceive the outline with remarkable clarity without perceiving the essence; we can see how a thing is seen without feeling how that thing is felt.

Maybe Fox News knows something about liberals. Maybe atheists know something about Christians. Maybe Americans know something about Iran. Maybe Ohio State fans know something about Ann Arbor. Maybe I know something about a thousand things.

But how important are the things known when compared to the things unknown? And in the absence of the things unknown, what worth exists in conclusions drawn from the things known?

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