Title 4 – KQ 1: How is “ Disinterestedness ” related to pursuit of knowledge?
KQ 1: How is “ Disinterestedness ” related to pursuit of knowledge?
When we are disinterested , we are impartial , objective , neutral , detached , free from biases and prejudices, more fair and openminded , ready to incorporate multiple and contrasting perspectives. The pure objectivity leads us on a clear path to knowledge that is more likely to be infallible. The disinterest suspends hasty generalisations , judgements and conclusions that most often we tend to jump to. Being disinterested enables us to look at conflicting and contrasting knowledge claims without any interest and subjectivity. Being too interested and invested often interferes with creative processes ;a detached position allows us to explore more possibilities .
On the other hand , Disinterestedness also manifests as lack of curiosity , lack of passion and enthusiasm . When we are interested , we are curious , we observe , we ask questions , we look for answers , we search , we explore , we pursue. It goes hand in hand with our inclination to believe , to understand and to know. It is quite difficult for us to look at things disinterestedly ;without seeing the underlying assumptions, associations, implications, and meanings.
Creativity in Mathematics and the Arts – Marcus Du Sautoy