mistakes

November 16, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

One of the things that really pisses me off about western thinking is it’s aversion to mistakes. The word “mistake” has a negative connotation in the English language. It kinda implies that mistakes should be avoided. Most schools even penalize you for mistakes. It’s really annoying because this attitude discourages the exploration of a subject.

Socrates taught that by correcting all the wrong aspects with an argument, you will be left with something “right”. Critical thinking is therefore reductive in nature, designed to eliminate all but the truth. But this doesn’t address the design/creative aspects of thinking which is more concerned with generating new alternative and ideas.

You can eliminate all errors in your driving by leaving the car parked in the garage. But you’re also not going to get anywhere.

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