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Unlike fast knowledge generated in universities, think-tanks, and corporations, slow knowledge occurs incrementally through the process of community learning motivated more by affection than by idle curiosity, greed, or ambition. The worldview inherent in slow knowledge rests on these beliefs: • Wisdom, not cleverness, is the proper aim of all true learning • The velocity of knowledge can be inversely related to the acquisition of wisdom • The careless application of knowledge can destroy the conditions that permit knowledge of any kind to flourish (a nuclear war, for example, made possible by the study of physics, would be detrimental to the further study of physics) • What ails us has less to do with the lack of knowledge but with too much irrelevant knowledge and the difficulty of assimilation, retrieval, and application as well as the lack of compassion and good judgment • The rising volume of knowledge cannot compensate for a rising volume of errors caused by malfeasance and stupidity generated in large part by inappropriate knowledge • The good character of knowledge creators is not irrelevant to the truth they intend to advance and its wider effects • Human ignorance is not an entirely solvable problem; it is, rather, an inescapable part of the human condition.
Because they farm with horses, they aren’t tempted to farm large amounts of land. Farming with horses, in other words, serves as a brake to the temptation to take over a neighbor’s land. And because the effective radius of a horse-drawn buggy is about eight miles, and its hauling capacity is low, the Amish are not much tempted by consumerism at the local mall. But horsespeed does more. It slows the velocity of work to a pace that allows close observation of soils, wildlife, and plants. My Amish friend often uses only a walking plow, which he believes preserves soil biota and prevents erosion.
More than 90 percent of Ohio wetlands have been drained. As a nation, we SPEED 45 have lost more than 50 percent of the wetlands that existed before European settlement and despite federal laws we continue to lose wetlands at a net rate of 24,000 acres each year (Revkin 2001, 1). The total paved area in the lower 48 states is equivalent to a land area larger than Kentucky. As a result, water moves more quickly across our landscapes than it once did, so that flooding, particularly downstream from urban areas, is more common and more severe than ever.