October 22, 2008

Unlearn Everything


If you go to a golf range, you'll see a lot of people with horrible swings they learned from their father.

They've read some books, taken some lessons, and tried to emulate Tiger Woods, but there's still that base foundation of terribleness that's ingrained in their muscle memory because of the ignorant teaching of their father, who learned from his similarly ignorant father. And they can't get past it.

Knowledge is the same way. You have to make a point to unlearn the garbage you've obtained over the years. Whether you know it or not, we all have faulty paradigms stuck in our head that influence our current decisions.

Make it a point to assume you're wrong on everything. And start over.

8 comments:

Matt J said...

could you start using basketball analogies instead of golf?

Sabai said...

haha, i thought about that. two in one week. sorry.

chris said...

Amen! The power of critical thinking!

Steve said...

But wait ... I thought we were supposed to live in constant fear of "the other side's" ideas, not question our own ...

Sorry, a bit of bitterness over the tone of the political campaigns spilling out.

But yes, that was actually one of my favorite parts about debate in high school. You had to learn how to argue both sides of an issue, so you at least had to learn how to make an arguement that you are wrong.

Sabai said...

do you catch yourself doing that now, Steve? I would think it could be very helpful.

Steve said...

I try to. I should probably do it more often than I do. More than anything, it makes me hate the reductive, oversimplified tone of political discussion that focuses on demonization instead of debate.

By the way, guess which politician apparently sometimes exasperated his staff by arguing the other point of view and then questioning or tweaking his own views.

Sabai said...

the only problem is that you'd be questioning your platform in a room full of people who have already drunk the kool-aid.

That's why I want a debate format where the candidates ask each OTHER questions. i bet we'll learn more.

Sabai said...

see, i can appreciate the tweaking of views. But, at this point, shouldn't their politically philosophy be fairly consistent, to the point where they don't have to worry about getting tripped up, and having a ready defense?