Sunday April 13, 2014, 6:01 am
CAN??? be? - get real: "are OFTEN" it is
" Among our people, we maintain that wisdom consists in recognizing the extent to which one is prone to error. "
-- Alien Ambassador, in Jack McDevitt 's "A Talent for War" 1989
" Being wrong is erroneously associated with failure, when, in fact, to be proven wrong should be celebrated, for it elevates someone to a new level of understanding. " -- ZEITGEIST: ADDENDUM (2008)
" Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself. " -- Charlie Chaplin
Sunday April 13, 2014, 6:07 am
EXTREMELY idiotic to list Mr. bill gates under a heading of "smart people" . After all he presumably played a key role in defiling the whole profession of SW-development and advancing the stupidification of humankind to an extent as previously only done by all-of-TV-combined. Now one might argue that that is not stupid and deranged but "only malicious" -- but i hold with those many (e.g. esp. Buddhists) who point out "how deranged and stupid one would have to be to be that malicious!"
Sunday April 13, 2014, 3:09 pm
Since no one is prescient, it's easy to make people look like idiots by quoting their predictions. Some of the predictions in this list also show wishful or fearful thinking, and no one is at his or her best when thinking wishfully or fearfully. I still think what Einstein said was very smart, since he accurately predicted exactly what would be required for nuclear energy, and at the time he said it, it really did look impossible, and when it happened many interim developments had been required most of which were counter-intuitive
Monday April 14, 2014, 12:38 am
I found it interesting because it reminds us that being mistaken doesn't mean that one is stupid - providing, of course, that we don't obstinately stick to the original position rather than admit being wrong on a point!
I, for one, didn't think these quotes made anyone look like an idiot: but in the context of that moment in time they made statements that were proven wrong.
For example, 30 years ago, few people would have believed that we would be able to send photos over phones: that was the domaine of jokes or science fiction .....!!
Monday April 14, 2014, 3:13 am
Thank you for this. Some I had seen before but others were new (and interesting) to me. I would like to add two more. One is the management of IBM in the 1950's who told the inventor of the copying machine that there was a market of maybe 5000 world-wide (he went on to found Xerox instead of IBM taking up the technology). The second is the collective academic vetting committee who told the eventual founder of Fedex that his research project on a courier company to deliver world-wide in a timely manner could not possibly be a viable business and therefore he was getting a "C" for his efforts.