What you know defines the limits of what you can understand. It stands to reason that greater knowledge leads to greater understanding.
It is not quite as easy as that. Unexamined knowledge, disconnected pieces of information are "orphan data" of little value.
Knowledge helps us most when we can see the picture it reveals and understand how that picture is formed.
Here's the thing: for that to happen we need to have as much knowledge about the world as possible. Understanding then is the by-product of applied thinking to what we know and what we have learnt.
Learning never stops.
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