With all the scientific progress we've made over the past centuries, there's still a massive, unknowable amount of information that we have yet to comprehend. In many cases, we haven't figured out even basic truths about our world: what is the force of gravity, really? How does human consciousness actually function?

In this brief, animated and humorous skewering of the cult of knowledge, the BBC producer John Lloyd - famous for his work on Not the Nine O'Clock News, Blackadderand more recently argues that for all our striving for intelligence and information, what matters most is learning how to conduct our everyday lives better.

What Do We Need to Know? is part of the RSA Shorts series. ...[Continue reading on Aeon]