Which side won? Why?
In my opinion, both sides of the debate are doing well, but I think the winner should be the con side. This is because the con side is making their opinions really clearly and with evidence. For example, the first speaker for the con side pulls up the idea that the fake impression of “bliss,” which your brain is made up to you. Therefore, he also provides an example of the Russo-Japanese War in 1904, which is about the Russians being too ignorant and confident and being defeated by The Japanese. Also, during the crossfire con side have a lot of confidence and states their claim really clearly.
Which side of the debate do you fall on? Why? What responsibility do we have when it comes to acquiring knowledge if any?
I think I may fall on the con side since the circumstance of “ignorant is a blessing” may happen is because ignorance will prevent people from being exposed to many situations that impact your previous knowledge, experience, and values. This also means people can’t make rational decisions based on the relatively real facts of the situation. When there appears a political vote, people can’t use their previous knowledge to determine which side they should vote for. Therefore, it may cause them led by some politicians and can’t have their own opinions. Moreover, some people think ignorance is a blessing because they thought they may feel pain if they know a lot of knowledge. However, from my point of view, this is not correct. The ignorant is like a cage; the people think they are joy and peace, but how can this state be a blessing?
People stop learning more knowledge because they are afraid of the pain of weakening knowledge. People always suffer from knowing too little and thinking too much because the knowledge you have is not enough to answer your doubts, which is painful to be puzzled. Also, I think there might be some responsibilities that we have regarding acquiring knowledge because when people get to know more, they may think more. Knowledge is like a frame, an ethereal sentiment; some need to use experiences to let it become real.