An unexpected book arrived in the mail the other day. A gift from my friend’s at Wisdom Publications. Zen Master Raven: The Teachings of a Wise Old Bird. by Zen Master human form, Robert Aitken. Here the koans are told by and to animals of the forest: raven, porcupine, owl, woodpecker, badger, black bear, and […]
Watch this interesting talk by Kathryn Schulz on the virtues and necessity of being wrong. Being wrong is something we avoid with phobic-like intensity. We might generate a narrative, “If I get it wrong there is something wrong with me.” She discusses the difference between being wrong versus realizing you are wrong (we are usually OK until that realization). And she presents the perils of overconfidence in our internal sense of rightness can mislead us. For me, this extols the virtue of skepticism.
Skepticism is often misconstrued as cynicism. It’s not. To be skeptical is to have an open mind that is seeking evidence to form its opinion.By not having a preconceived notion of truth perception can be more open to the available evidence and thereby less subject to bias.