Saturday, March 14, 2009

how smart are you?

We tend to judge ourselves smart when being right on something.

The trouble is that issues judgments and opinions are very diverse.
Being right on one thing is a weak evidence for being right in another.

(that aside from the strong random variable, that can make you right by pure chance)

Be careful.

PS. Similarly for mistakes, we tend to over punish ourselves for mistakes. If yo can learn from a mistake, ok. But feeling entirely stupid for a single mistake is unwarranted.

3 comments:

I.C. said...

I agree completely!
Learning from mistakes is smarter than "being smart".

Yechezkel Zilber said...

The ego gets involved here.
Whereas realism grows with the acceptance of mistakes, the ego gets hurt.

Ego defenses are very strong and play a central role in life.

Anonymous said...

Tabula rasa reigns here "bravo"