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So, I've recently acquired a book called the 'Death Dealer's Manual,' which was taken out of print for the information it provides.

It is a literal handbook for assassination. It doesn't tell you how to defend yourself. It tells your how to take a life in an efficient manner. It literally discusses how you must approach this job with detachment, and not allowing blood on your body and clothing, or fear filled eyes to dissuade you. To view your target as a target, and refusing to let humanity hinder you.

It's also a very good read. But it brings me a question....

Is any knowledge bad? Is it inherently bad to learn how to take a life? Or learn anything else than could be used for evil?

I ask because this is my addiction. My collection. I collect information. Knowledge. It's why I watch anime. Why I read. Why I play games. Why I watch movies. I sift through the information all these sources present me, study to find the truth, and remember it. Maybe one day I'll even record all the information and knowledge I've accumulated in a book. This isn't the only knowledge I've taken into my collection that could be bad in certain hands. Lock-picking, fighting techniques, how to create volatile substances such as molotovs and napalm....

Is it a fundamentally bad thing to learn certain things? Is there such a thing as bad knowledge? Or merely accurate knowledge?
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No knowledge is inherently bad.
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I'd have to say no, I don't necessarily consider it immoral or bad to take in dangerous knowledge such as the ones presented... So long as you don't take and use the information to its full extent.

Sure, some might ask "why even learn about it if you aren't going to use it?" Well, think of it as attending school. You may or may not use any of the knowledge you gain there. It might potentially be ultimately useless, but you know about it anyway.
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^ I love you.



Lowlights wrote:

No knowledge is inherently bad.


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All knowledge is good, and ultimately the actions you perform from knowledge is what can be construed as bad or good.

Not all knowledge is created equal though. The usefulness and other topics that it brings with it could be considered bad.

And in your case I don't think it's bad at all. I mean it could be useful, but I still don't believe you should actually practice this knowledge.
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Knowledge isn't bad, it's what you do with it that can help or mess up the world.
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HuastecoOtaku wrote:

Knowledge isn't bad, it's what you do with it that can help or mess up the world.


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HuastecoOtaku wrote:

Knowledge isn't bad, it's what you do with it that can help or mess up the world.


I second that
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Depends how you use your knowledge. If you learned a way to cause an apocalypse, and went ahead and did it, it would be bad knowledge that for generations to come will curse your relatives and spit on your dead body while throwing cow manure onto it and turning it into fertile soil where beautiful flowers will grow known as Phersu of the apocalypse.
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It would be bad if we reach the point where hackers/AI can download data from our minds, what with the propulsion of neuralscience and virtual gaming. When the super-AI arises in a couple decades(believe it yo), if they learn of our bad knowledge, they may consider us to be possible threats and eliminate us.

Closer to present day, knowledge can affect your emotional state negatively (all already obvious I guess.) Studies have shown people's brains light up on emotional parts when they hear of things that go against what they know negatively, like shit about Obama, which then most of them would transition into a state of denial as a coping strategy. There's also the thought rebound where if you try to forget something, it comes back stronger.

The people who are most at risk are those with super memories who can't even sleep at night because they can't un-think what they've learned.

If the group who sold such information are illegal dealers or something, then in exchange for learning the info, you've helped them.
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Knowledge is bad when you don't have any respect for it. I see lots of people on the internet these days who have no respect for what they know (much less what they don't know) because they can grab it from Google. They didn't earn it, so they don't have any discipline or even just basic social context when they wield it.

There's also a lot of gibberish that any tool can write. The Dim Mak in your book for example (which is not out of print, by the way).

Don't get me wrong. Explore all you want. I spent a couple years on the occult when I was a teen. Some things stick and some things don't. You'll outgrow them, or simply find better and more accurate versions, and then laugh at the ideas you had even a few years ago. Major trends of continual study will establish themselves on their own. Don't be surprised when it invariably isolates you from your peers who just go to work and come home to bang their significant others and drown themselves in the entertainment industry.

I do however differentiate between factual knowledge and what I would categorize as actual disciplines. You can be more efficient, but you can't skip steps in disciplines or jump all over the place. There IS a reality outside of perception and opinion, after all.
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TheGreatHoneyBun wrote:

Depends how you use your knowledge. If you learned a way to cause an apocalypse, and went ahead and did it, it would be bad knowledge that for generations to come will curse your relatives and spit on your dead body while throwing cow manure onto it and turning it into fertile soil where beautiful flowers will grow known as Phersu of the apocalypse.


My decaying body would help the fertility of the soil too.



Hayagriva wrote:

Knowledge is bad when you don't have any respect for it. I see lots of people on the internet these days who have no respect for what they know (much less what they don't know) because they can grab it from Google. They didn't earn it, so they don't have any discipline or even just basic social context when they wield it.

There's also a lot of gibberish that any tool can write. The Dim Mak in your book for example (which is not out of print, by the way).

Don't get me wrong. Explore all you want. I spent a couple years on the occult when I was a teen. Some things stick and some things don't. You'll outgrow them, or simply find better and more accurate versions, and then laugh at the ideas you had even a few years ago. Major trends of continual study will establish themselves on their own. Don't be surprised when it invariably isolates you from your peers who just go to work and come home to bang their significant others and drown themselves in the entertainment industry.

I do however differentiate between factual knowledge and what I would categorize as actual disciplines. You can be more efficient, but you can't skip steps in disciplines or jump all over the place. There IS a reality outside of perception and opinion, after all.



Dim Mak isn't necessarily gibberish. Lots of damage can be caused by using certain weak points on the human body. As for the one I am reading, it is out of print by Paladin Press. You have to buy it from a third person party. Perhaps we are discussing a different book? For some reason, it seems as if you are looking down on either teenagers or book learning. Perhaps I am wrong. Who knows? My emotionally stunted self can't care about it.
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Knowledge is power. Esp knowledge like that.
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I suppose that by understanding the mind of an assassin, you can better prevent such crimes. Knowing bad skills can be good when it comes to preventing hacking and such.
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Nothing wrong with that, you're just like me. With all the knowledge I've collected, people think I'm 18.
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