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This episode is a bit of an anomaly. It’s about applying scientific thinking to our lives and being willing to revise our ideas, beliefs, and actions, and learning one of the most important meta skills: the ability to change our minds and be willing to admit we were wrong.

I think that our ability to accomplish our goals and intentions in any area of our life depends in a very large part on this ability. 

People who aren’t good at changing their minds, who are very stubborn, very defensive, and who refuse to say sorry, rarely make it. Life runs roughshod over those people and I don’t know anyone like that who is successful or doing well in life. 

I don’t just mean financially, either. Sure, that’s one component of success, but there are other things that matter like physical and mental health, and the quality of relationships with family, friends, and coworkers. 

On the flip side, some of the most successful people I know share quite a few traits, and one that’s always stood out is that they don’t have a problem saying that they were wrong. They don’t have a problem changing their mind when presented with good enough information.

In fact, they actively seek out that information. They read books, and listen to podcasts, interviews, and lectures. They don’t just seek out information that confirms the things that they think are correct, either. They’re willing to hear counterpoints and they’re willing to entertain other ideas. 

That is, they’re willing to go through that process of approaching the ultimate truth, but they also understand that it’s impossible to achieve absolute certainty of most things that matter in life. They’re just too complex, and there are too many shadings of truth. 

These people don’t fall into the mental trap of thinking they have everything worked out, though. They continue evolving their understanding of the world and their interactions with it. 

So, that’s a little foretaste of today’s episode. If I’ve piqued your interest, I think you’re going to like the rest of it, so take a listen and let me know what you think! 

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