Why builders need to raise, not lower, their epistemic bar
Well written and argued. There's one quality needed to be intellectually ambitious: to be so self-confidence that we no longer act for praise from others. It took me most of my life to get there, but my thinking became much clearer once liberated from that constraint.
In truth, the two go hand-in-hand: self-confidence leads to greater clarity, and greater clarity leads to greater self-confidence. I only wish it hadn't taken me 60 years to get there.
I love, love, love this, Gena! For years, I've been meaning to write an article to explicate and defend epistemic pride as opposed to epistemic humility. You have done some great work here on this front, so thank you for providing much-needed good thought on this topic as I continue to mull over (and make time for) what I would like to contribute at some point.
Superb article! Many thanks for writing it.
Lovely and extremely illuminating. Reminds me of Rand's conception of open mind vs active mind: http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/open_mind_and_closed_mind.html.
BTW, the direct link to Hoffman's thoughts is https://future.com/question/future-of-expertise/#auren-hoffman -- the current link is missing the hash-tag that takes the reader directly to the right part of the page.