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Do you know "known knowns, unknown unknowns" and so on? [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2004-3-6 16:36:30 |Display all floors
Yesterday, when I was taking an English class, the English teacher suddenly wrote four sentences on the blackboard.They were:
There are known knowns.
There are unknown knowns.
There are known unknowns.
There are unknown unknowns.
After those sentences appeared on the blackboard, the students,including myself, couldn't wait for laughing. However , when the teacher asked us to translate them into Chinese and explain them, our heads were quickly buried in the sand.
Though I know their meanings , I can't put it into Chinese in a brief and accurate way.
Welcome to have a try. I will be glad to share with your opinions.

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Post time 2004-3-7 10:48:21 |Display all floors

just a try!may be we can communicate with each other!

There are known knowns.
There are unknown knowns.
There are known unknowns.
There are unknown unknowns.

世上有我们已知的能知道的东西。
世上有我们未知的能知道的东西。
世上有我们已知的不能知道的东西。
世上有我们未知的不能知道的东西。

translations mentioned above are just a try !
hope to communicate with you !

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Post time 2004-3-7 10:49:05 |Display all floors

just a try!may be we can communicate with each other!

There are known knowns.
There are unknown knowns.
There are known unknowns.
There are unknown unknowns.

世上有我们已知的能知道的东西。
世上有我们未知的能知道的东西。
世上有我们已知的不能知道的东西。
世上有我们未知的不能知道的东西。

translations mentioned above are just a try !
hope to communicate with you !

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Post time 2004-3-7 21:57:51 |Display all floors

Great!

Thank you for your translation. In my view, they are great and brief and have expressed their meanings already.
But I don't known if they are true ,or say, can be improved furthermore.
Things like UFO are known to us ,but also unknown to us too.
I don't know if I can put it into followings
我们知道有已经知道的事物,
我们知道我们还有不知道的事物,
我们不知道我们已经知道了一些事物,
我们不知道我们还有很多不知道的事物。
These are just my personal opinion.
Please have more try. I will be very glad to hear from you.

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Post time 2004-3-8 22:24:45 |Display all floors

try this

有些事大伙都知道
有些事有人不知道
有些是已知的无知
有些是未知的无知

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Post time 2004-3-11 14:45:26 |Display all floors

hey, are we in the same class??

I have a feeling that we took the same class.... maybe we are classmates ; )

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Post time 2004-3-11 19:10:47 |Display all floors

找到他们的出处了。

哈,我刚才找到出处了,还没来得及看。太绕了口舌了,实在没有耐心看。

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贴子主题: 美国国防部长拉氏的超级名言[转贴]

原文:
There are known knows.These are things we know that we know.
There are known unknowns.That is to say,there are things that we know we don't know.
But there are also unknown unknowns.There are things we don't know we don't know.


去年2月,他在记者招待会上谈到伊拉克是否有大规模杀伤武器时,说道:“我一向对尚未发生的事情的有关报道感兴趣,因为就象我们都知道的那样,有一些众所周知的事情;我们知道一些我们知道的事情。我们还知道一些很明显的未知事情;那就是说,我们知道有些事情我们不知道。但也有没人知道的未知事情-----也就是我们不知道的未知事情。”

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