My friend, and his father, are both surgeons. The older doctor shared that ‘half of everything I learned, turned out to be wrong.‘
When I think back to my formal education, a good chunk appears to have been wrong. Of course, studying economics in the 1980s gives one an edge in the search for academic humility.
Why does this matter?
Knowing that most my knowledge will prove meaningless helps me decide where to focus thought. Some questions that I ask myself when I’m wound up…
Could I be having this discussion 10, 100 or 1,000 years ago?
– Nutrition, exercise protocol, the body fat percentage of myself and friends… All are recent phenomena. Not worth devoting much share of mind towards.
– Living well, meaning, time allocation… These questions track back to the ancients.
How long has this problem persisted?
– I love this question with regard to young children. They have been a challenge for parents across thousands of years. My odds of transcendence are long!
Under what conditions is the opposite opinion correct?
– This one is a loaded question because, once you realize that there’s always a situation where the opposite applies, it’s easier to develop tolerance for those who oppose us.
Am I sure?
The benefit of experience is that I’m not sure about much. However, there is a small list of traits where I am quite sure.