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The world is a big and confusing place. While our immediate job should be to understand the problems and responsibilities in front of us, it can like we don't know anything at all when we try to understand everything. Whether it be science or technology related, there can be things we will never understand, and that's okay. So long as other people don't understand it either.


Reddit user, u/gigi_c16, wanted to hear about what confuses you when they asked:

What is something you genuinely don't understand?

It Goes On And On Forever...Or Does It?

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How space can be infinite.

Seriously, my mind starts to itch just trying to imagine what that means.

scnr83

now try imagine it being finite, and there being a point where existence just stops

equally incomprehensible

ParkityParkPark

*sniff *sniff

How smell works.

Some Animals can smell stuff miles away.

Sharks can smell underwater.

I smell when I don't shower.

MorganOctober

Working All The Time

Companies and people that work 12 to 16 hour days every day without pause or break.

I get money, but it seems pretty pointless when you don't see your family, your home, your youth.

So sick of this sh-t and I don't even have to do it every day.

Crash4654

We're In The Most Brilliant, Stupid Time

Media player screens. How in the f-ck does a device take a bunch of data in 0s and 1s and translate that into a picture in tiny dots of color and project it all instantaneously with tiny pixels that each glow the correct color? It's such an ungodly amount of data and speed that it boggles my mind.

sadpanda___

The easiest to understand, and on of the biggest image file formats is just that : a BitMaP. For each and every pixel, the file stores the full color data about that pixel. The trendy one for a while has been a pallette of 16.7 millions of colors, so the number to store that information is quite big.

not_better

Yep. Checks Out. Aliens.

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WiFi, radio, cell phone data, and the cloud. I mean, I get how they say it works.....but I'm pretty sure it's actually magic. You're telling me that terabytes of data are sent from earth to a satellite, back to a cell tower, and then into my phone in milliseconds.....nope, aliens did this for sure.

sadpanda___

This Still Makes...Less Sense.

Gravity

PhoenixsCurse

As someone who isn't an expert (but once read some books written by experts) no one understands gravity. The best explanation we have is by Einstein where gravity is what happens when things curve the space-time continuum causing other things to fall into the curve. That's complicated enough to start with, but a lot of the reasoning and nuances are still just "it just works". There's even a theory that gravity is caused by subatomic particles called gravitons that cause two things to move close together or something.

Yserbius

We're Adults. We Don't Need To Cheat.

A minor one :

People cheating in those online steps challenges. In my org, we had people averaging 70K(almost 32miles) steps daily over 3 months. People with desk jobs, mind you. There were no prizes to be had. I can't understand what motivates such people

King_O_Rap

All Together: It's A Big Ball Of Wibbly Wobbly...Timey Wimey...Stuff.

Time. If nothing changed at all, nothing moved, nothing grew or decayed, apparently Time would still exist as a thing. How can it be other than related to change?

Nighttraincapt

Furthermore, all of the three spacial dimensions we can move through both backwards and forwards. Why can we only move one direction through time? After all, einstein tells us that time is intimately connected with the spacial dimensions. Why then, should it be different in that regard?

TheBertinator3000

We All Have That One Aunt Or Uncle Like This, Right?

I will never be able to understand how someone can read a singular article that their high school dropout friend shared on facebook and believe they are smarter than an expert on a subject

GeneralDirgud

That belief was already present. They just need something to justify their belief. Isn't that part of the Dunning Kruger effect?

[usernameredacted]

Not really, the dunning-kruger effect isn't that dumb people think they are experts (although that is how it is often portrayed as, ironically).

It's more like beginners (e.g. a 2 out of 10 skill level) think they are slightly better than they are (like a 3-5 out of 10). And conversely experts (8/10) thinking they are slightly worse than they are (6-7/10).

MrSmile223

It's Called Being A Human

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While I understand what it is, as a male, I really don't get catcalling or sexually harassing a woman.

I don't get what goal some men have in their minds when they make those comments (or actions) towards women.

Do I find some women I don't know attractive? For sure.

JacobasNile

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We all need a little wholesome content every now and then. Much of the world, especially right now, can seem very dark and depressing.

It's important to recognize that not all of the world is as scary as it may seem. So we wanted to see what wholesome facts people had to share with us.

In fact, the world "wholesome" literally means "promoting health or well-being of mind or spirit."

Take a minute to enjoy this list of wholesome facts that will just make your heart melt.

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Shaking hands... what's up with that?

Could this social custom be going out of style given that we're all in the middle of a global pandemic and have become hyperaware of all the germs around us?

And not just that, but just how nasty people are? Why would you want to shake hands with them?

People shared their opinions after Redditor alebenchhe asked the online community,

"What social customs do we need to retire?"
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I have a paralyzing fear of death. If I could I would live forever. Have you ever seen the movie "Death Becomes Her?" I would give every penny for that potion. And I wouldn't be all crazy like them.

Live well forever and be happy? It's possible. Even though life is nuts and scary, you're still here. What if there is nothing after the final breath? I don't want to just not exist, while everybody else just gets to keep on dancing.

In my hopes I see a Heaven with ice cream and vodka. So I'm going to hold onto that until eternal life is an option. Let's hear from the gallery...

Redditor u/St3fan34 wanted to discuss life after life, by asking:

What do you think really happens after death?
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