Become a Connoisseur of Your Own Mistakes
“The chief trick to making good mistakes is not to hide them – especially not from yourself. Instead of turning away in denial when you make a mistake, you should become a connoisseur of your own mistakes, turning them over in your mind as if they were works of art, which in a way they are.” — Daniel Dennet via Dan Shipper
by Sean Blanda on Sep 17, 2013 – 7:00am
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I found this interesting because I just finished telling a bunch of smart college kids that there was really no such thing as a “mistake”.
In life, we make “choices” that either work out well or badly.
That doesn’t make a choice — right or wrong.
And, life doesn’t have a rewind button so you can’t do it over again and see how it works out the next time.
Watch the poker shows on the boob tube. The players figure the odds and make decisions. Some work out; some don’t. Just like “life”.
Humans have to make decisions based on limited information without a real understanding of the probabilities of the outcomes.
Am I crazy?
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