The Pleasure of Changing My Mind : : Sam Harris

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Sam Harris, neuroscientist and author of the New York Times bestsellers, The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, and The Moral Landscape.

Greg Russak‘s insight:

The older I get, the more the fundamental lessons of childhood seem relevant.

1. Always treat others the way you want to be treated.

2. It’s nice to share, especially with those who don’t have as much.

3. We all make mistakes and that’s ok. Just admit to it when you do, learn from it, and try not to repeat the same ones.

4. No one knows everything, so as we learn it’s perfectly fine – required, actually – to admit we didn’t know something or that we’ve changed our minds about things.


Is it just me, or have we adults (I’m especially looking at you fellow Baby Boomers now)  simply choosing to mostly ignore these lessons on a regular basis?


How is that we seem to forget that people can be hurt by our words and our deeds? Why is that we seem less and less interested in sharing what we have the more and more we amass and accumulate?


What is it about us that makes us appear almost pathologically unable or unwilling to admit our errors and mistakes, and why are we so often so resistant to the fact that we don’t know everything and that learning means taking in new information that is likely to change our minds about what we thought we already knew?

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Author: Peaceful Patriot

Proud middle class husband, father, and progressive liberal. Registered Non-Partisan but have much more in common with Democrats than Republicans. Consider Libertarians to be immature and underdeveloped in their understanding of reality. An atheist who doesn't care what you believe so long as you stop pretending the Founding Fathers intended for you to legislatively force your beliefs on everyone else. Laughs out loud in mocking disdain at the abject lunacy of birthers, climate science deniers, and hard core tea partiers. If that offends you, too bad. You're not rational and have no place at the adult table.

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