Summary of Not Knowing

The Art of Turning Uncertainty into Possibility

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Not Knowing book summary
Open yourself to the unknown, and embrace it.


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Many people will find this book a bit odd, due to its style and content. The authors hope so. Throughout the book, different fonts, different-colored pages and startling design choices force readers to change perspectives. These graphic disunities metaphorically underscore the need for new viewpoints and curiosity. Consultants Steven D’Souza and Diana Renner want to inspire. They draw on myriad disciplines to illustrate the necessity and value of not knowing. getAbstract recommends their entertaining treatise to anyone seeking new routes to knowledge, creativity, spirituality and greater productivity.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How knowledge can be dangerous,
  • What reaching the limits of knowledge means and
  • Why the unknown is worth exploring.


Knowing Is Dangerous
Contemporary culture tells you that knowledge is good. As more people become knowledge workers who “think for a living,” their income depends on what they know. “Hard-wired” biological rewards in your brain celebrate certainty. If you feel uncertain or have to wait...
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About the Authors

Educator and executive coach Steven D’Souza also wrote Made in Britain and Brilliant Networking. Diana Renner directs the Not Knowing Lab, a consulting practice.

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