The question of self-awareness, or awareness of ourselves and our surroundings, has become so much a part of our everyday language and culture that there is no possible answer.
It’s a really interesting question and I’m always having a hard time not resorting to the word “self-aware” when talking about technology, but I’ll get to that. The problem is that the word self-awareness can mean different things to different people.
The word self-awareness is a subjective term. What many people mean when they say self-awareness is how they feel about themselves. For example, I am always worried about whether I have a good self-image, and I am always worried about how people view me.
Self-awareness is an objective attribute and is measured by the self-awareness questionnaire. This questionnaire is one way to test for self-awareness in a person. The other way is to ask people how much they know about a given topic or subject.
The most common questions asked about self-awareness are, “Did you know that?” or “What do you think of that?” A good question to ask yourself is whether you know something about the topic you are being tested on. If you feel you are an expert, that is good. If you feel you are not an expert, that is a good sign that you need to work on your self-awareness.
The idea that all individuals should know something about a given topic is called the “knowledge-gap” fallacy; the idea that the average person should know something because it is a given. Self-awareness is often a good way to test people for their knowledge of the topic being tested. However, this test is also a pretty good way to test whether someone has been living in a state of ignorance about a topic.
The problem is most people aren’t aware of the knowledge-gap fallacy. A study of over 6,000 individuals found that those who didn’t know anything about a topic were more likely to be unemployed or live in poverty than those who had a basic knowledge of the topic.
We know that most people who are not aware of the knowledge-gap fallacy are living in state of ignorance. Just look at how many people have no idea what the word “hacker” means. Yet when it comes to software, they are among the most tech-savvy people in the world.
That’s one reason why so many college students are so tech-savvy. Just look at all the things that they know about computers.
The word hacking itself hasn’t changed much in the last fifty years but there is a new “hack” that they’ve learned about since they hit college. The term is “black hat” which is the term used in the security field to describe hackers who work with computers and do illegal things to cause damage. These hackers don’t do harm to others, but they do harm to themselves. Black hat hackers use illegal tools and methods to cause damage.