On Useless Knowledge


royalskull The King of Pointless Trivia

There’s a really bothersome idea I’ve run into working day jobs outside of writing and interacting with other writers, and that’s the notion that some knowledge can be useless or not worth learning about. I strongly disagree with that. I find it repugnant on a lot of levels. It discourages autodidactism and I’ve always been something of a self-teacher, I consider it one of my very few positive traits and it’s something I love to see and nurture in other people.

There is no such thing as “useless” knowledge.

Let me start with a little story. Way back in the year 2000, when I was a pasty, reclusive teenager instead of a pasty, reclusive adult I played a lot of a little game called Everquest. For those of you unfamiliar with it, it was a fantasy game with a lot of influence from Dungeons &…

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