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One of the "revolutions" that I think it is needed is one on education. Let me explain.

Education seems to be mostly defined by "enlightenment" values: Humans are capable of full knowledge, society is there to help and so on.

Humans are actually quite limited creatures (from a cognitive perspective). And easily manipulated. There should be massive educational time dedicated to teach people to deal with their shortcomings and how they can be manipulated.

Bias, self-delusion. Use of misleading arguments. Coping with uncertainty. Coping with lack of knowledge (and the possible inability to acquire such knowledge). Falacies. This things can be taught to a large extent.

Spend much time not on knowledge based learning, but the opposite: learn how not to be (self) deceived, learn how to learn. Learn how ones feelings can cloud judgment. And so on.

Teach people on how to deal with their own shortcomings.

It is not perfection, but we can do better.

by cagatacos on Wed May 18th, 2011 at 01:29:40 PM EST
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