Monday, October 26, 2015

Your Greatest Enemy

Don't Believe Everything You Think

A brief reminder from FutureJacked Headquarters - be very careful of your assumptions. As Will Rogers once put it,
It isn't what we don't know that gives us trouble. It's what we know that ain't so.
We continue, day by day, to edge towards a social, political, economic and demographic earthquake which will shear the foundations of the post-World War II world and provide us with the opportunity to build again from the rubble.

In the best of times you should always be ready to challenge your assumptions. To grab another quote, this time from a tome which alternately aggravates or inspires depending on your wiring:
Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong.
In challenging times, clarity of thought is priceless.

With this in mind, here is a recent Pop Trends, Price Culture podcast from the formidable Robert Folsom which is well worth listening to and pondering next time you are so sure you are "right" that no other options are even conceivable:

I don't mean to say abandon all principles, but I do mean you should be flexible in your thinking and open to new solutions in a world where the assumptions built into the systems we all grew up with will be challenged. New solutions may involve radical changes in how you work and interact with your neighbors and your fellow citizens. Be mindful that a new world with new assumptions in the birthing. We may think the new baby is ugly, but we still have to deal with it.

And for those of you who like to dig deeply into the source material, here is the Dunning-Kruger paper for your viewing pleasure:

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