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 +# Conclusion (Humility)
 +I think many or most of us would be quick to admit that we don't know
 +everything. That is, that we're not omniscient. Yet, we often get in online
 +arguments (or see others get in them) where we posture ourselves as more
 +knowing or more certain about a topic or a position than the other person. And 
 +there's no shortage of 'stuff' (should I call it information?) on the web that 
 +assumes some view (from anywhere on the spectrum) is true and pushes that view 
 +to others. But is that true? How confident should we be when we get into 
 +arguments about politics, governance, science, economics, school, learning, the 
 +classroom, and so forth? Is there any room for humility? For an approach to the 
 +world that is open to new ideas, new experiences, and to new perspectives?
 +The issue of humility is not new, but it's especially interesting today, with
 +our abundance of information and communication technologies. Never has humanity
 +had such access to so much information and never has humanity been able to
 +broadcast and re-broadcast that information. Thus, we might ask, what is the
 +role that technology has in shaping our attitudes about information and how
 +closed or open we are to the world around us?
 +As you read this week's article, keep in the back of your mind two things:
 +1. I want you to keep in mind how you view your own humility. But note, being
 +   humble does not mean that you need to lack confidence in yourself. Quite the
 +   opposite, and I hope each of you continues to gain confidence in yourselves!
 +   Humility, and its opposite, arrogance, are weakly related to confidence.
 +   Being humble is simply existing with some awareness of our own limitations.
 +   You and I can still be humble but still develop confidence---whether that's
 +   in the powers we develop, the attitudes we foster, or the skills we acquire,
 +   and also in the limitations of all these.
 +2. I want you to also think about technology and how it impacts perceptions of
 +   humility. If you have an aunt or an uncle that expresses some political
 +   position, from wherever on the political spectrum, that you do not share and
 +   on Facebook, how does that make you feel compared to how it might make you
 +   feel if they expressed this to you in person. That is, how is technology
 +   influencing how we talk to each other, interpret each other, and respond to
 +   each other. (Remember, don't think about others so much, because, as the
 +   article states, "people find it difficult to notice their own blind spots,
 +   even when they can identify them easily in others."
 +3. Lastly, how can we use our newfound powers in search and in information
 +   sources to not only find good information---how can we use technology to
 +   manage and share better information? Think about this in relation to the
 +   recent discussions about the proliferation of fake news on Facebook or the
 +   longer lasting discussions people have had about information overload.
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