Correct me if I’m wrong

Posted by on April 21, 2011 in Thoughts | 3 comments

No seriously, please correct me if I’m wrong. Being wrong is part of what allows us to learn, so I don’t mind when I am wrong, and when this is pointed out to me, I will stand corrected. This is part of what being open minded is about.

Being assertive about ideals has the drawback, for me at least, of emotional reactions and “the gut” getting in the way of reasonable and rational facts. It only ever happens to me in the heat if the moment, or in the flow of a train of thought, but it does happen. When it does happen I depend on you, readers and commenters to point this out to me. If anything, pointing out my faults in logic, appeals to emotion etc. only serve to make me better at what I do, and what I enjoy doing.

Don’t mistake being wrong with just disagreeing with me. You might disagree with evolutionary theory, but that means that you are voicing a baseless opinion, not that I am wrong. I can only be called wrong when all evidence points to that. I will not admit I am wrong when I think that in fact it might be you who is at fault.

This video from TED by Kathryn Schulz from earlier this year points out a few things about being wrong that I hadn’t really considered, but that make some kind of sense. While, as an atheist, I don’t agree with the part about God, it is a really good talk.

Enjoy.

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  1. Excellent post. This has given me a lot in the way of food for thought. Sometimes, as annoying as it can be, being wrong, and knowing it to the core can be uplifting. Being right all the time is overrated, and boring. May we as a species and as individuals never run out of surprises!

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  2. I often think about the fact I may be wrong, but then I will often do research and listen to other people’s opinions on the subject. If my mind and intellect can see the other side of the argument I will either change my mind if I think it’s correct or sluff it off as that person hasn’t investigated the issue enough. The biggest issue I face about right and wrong is the issue of a deity that rules the universe. After doing a fair bit of research on religion and listening to other people’s beliefs or non-beliefs on the subject, my rational mind tells me that too many people are wrong about the existence of a god. Am I right in thinking this despite all the research I’ve done?

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  3. Nice post admin..I couldn’t agree more.. make sense..We all make mistakes & I don’t mind being wrong as long as I can get back to right! =]

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