Musings

From what I’ve seen, it seems that when people commit to believing in something, it becomes very difficult—painful, even—to entertain the notion that they might be wrong.  But IMHO, it is the willingness to accept this difficulty and pain that drives innovation and honest inquiry.  I believe this willingness to engage in thought experiments—however unpopular they might be—could arguably fit the definition of intellectual courage.

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19 thoughts on “Musings

    • I think it’s more where the fun stops; I don’t think it’s good or bad to believe in wrong answers, it’s just that when they start producing negative outcomes on a regular basis that I personally prefer to switch to a more harmonious operating system.

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    • Right! I’m familiar with confirmation bias and I think it’s unavoidable (a large part of us is produced by our circumstances and anecdotes) but being aware of it allows one the opportunity to maybe not be drawn into the black hole of blindly defending an obsolete belief (I think that’s the case, anyway)

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  1. I could not agree with you more. Usually those are the people that get shut down in a discussion because they haven’t thought about why they believe it or why others might not.

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    • I’ve been taken to task when someone asserts something and I say “Possibly…” It seems that people want immediate unconditional support when it comes to their opinions, an attitude I believe is a great hindrance to learning.

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