Thursday, November 09, 2006

Donald Rumsfeld on faculty hiring

With a hat tip to Phil Frickey, one of my oldest and best friends in this business:

Whatever else can be said about [Donald Rumsfeld], he was exactly right in his most famous quotation, as applied to faculty hiring:
As we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns -- that is to say, we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don't know we don't know.


Anonymous Jim said...

Unfortunately for the country, Rumsfeld left out the fourth element--unknown knowns. As someone, probably Mark Twain, once said: Its not what you don't know that will hurt you, its what your sure you know, but really don't, that'll do you in.

11/09/2006 11:55 PM  
Blogger Jeff Harrison said...

Unfortunately, his unknown unknowns were known by virtually everyone else.

11/10/2006 1:15 AM  

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