In praise of intellectual uncertainty

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Media Outlet: The Washington Post

“Nonsense,” by Jamie Holmes, a fellow at the public-policy think tank New America, explores ambiguity and uncertainty, arguing that in many cases we too quickly run for the safety of certitude. Holmes is a fine writer and a clear thinker who leads us through the uses of confusion in art, business, medicine, engineering, police work and family life, using academic studies and narratives. In the process, he offers several useful takeaways.

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Jamie Holmes is a Future Tense Fellow at New America and the author of Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing. Previously, he was a policy analyst within New America’s Global Assets Project.