Intellectual humility: the importance of knowing you might be wrong

Why it’s so hard to see our own ignorance, and what to do about it.

Julia Rohrer wants to create a radical new culture for social scientists. A personality psychologist at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Rohrer is trying to get her peers to publicly, willingly admit it when they are wrong.

To do this, she, along with some colleagues, started up something called the Loss of Confidence Project. It’s designed to be an academic safe space for researchers to declare for all to see that they no longer believe in the accuracy of one of their previous findings. The effort recently yielded a paper that includes six admissions of no confidence. And it’s accepting submissions until January 31.

“I do think it’s a cultural issue that people are not willing to admit mistakes,” Rohrer says. “Our broader goal is to gently nudge the whole scientific system and psychology toward a different culture,” where it’s okay, normalized, and expected for researchers to admit past mistakes and not get penalized for it.

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Wahab Imri

A man went to Wahab Imri and said: ‘Teach me humility.’ Wahab answered: ‘I cannot do that, because humility is a teacher of itself. It is learnt by means of its practise. If you cannot practise it, you cannot learn it. If you cannot learn it, you do not really want to learn it inwardly at all.’

Wisdom of the Idiots

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Siete Maneras de Saber Si Eres En Verdad Una Persona Humilde

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En una sociedad donde la fortuna favorece al más fuerte, la modestia a menudo es vista como una debilidad. Escalar hasta arriba en la escalera corporativa es nuestra versión moderna de ‘sobrevivencia del más fuerte’ –y por esta razón, la timidez es a menudo subestimada. Resulta que el secreto al éxito y a la satisfacción podría recaer en la habilidad para expresar humildad. Leer Más