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  1. #1 Negative persona (mask) inhibits learning 
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    Negative persona (mask) inhibits learning

    ‘To be negative’ is not the same as ‘to be critical’.

    The dictionary has many definitions for this word, “critical”, but I would choose the critical (decisive) meaning, as regarding learning, to be—exercising or involving careful judgment or judicious evaluation.

    A negative persona is an attitude of non-acceptance.


    I think that part of the problem is that too many of us have only an accept button and a reject button.

    Accept or reject are not the only options one has. The most important and generally overlooked, especially by the young, is the option to ‘hold’.

    It appears to me that many young people consider that ‘to be negative is to be cool’. This leads them into responding that ‘X’ is false when responding to an OP that states that ‘X’ is true.

    When a person takes a public position affirming or denying the truth of ‘Y’ they are often locking themselves into a difficult position. If their original position was based on opinion rather than judgment their ego will not easily allow them to change position once they have studied and analyzed ‘Y’.

    The moral of this story is that holding a default position of ‘reject or accept’, when we are ignorant, is not smart because our ego will fight any attempt to modify the opinion with a later judgment. Silence, or questions directed at comprehending the matter under consideration, is the smart decision for everyone’s default position.

    Our options are reject, accept, and hold. I claim that ‘hold’ is the most important and should be the most often used because everyone is ignorant of almost everything.

    Do you accept, reject, or hold judgment regarding my claim?


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    Quote Originally Posted by coberst
    Do you accept, reject, or hold judgment regarding my claim?
    None of the above.

    In business I will not make a decision until the point where that decision needs to be made. Action Man businessmen will 'rush to judgement'. If the circumstances change they will happily alter their decision. In the meantime there subordinates have implemented actions based on their first decision and the company has wasted money.
    By deferring the decision until it needs to be made - but not one second later - I maximise my information and therefore the probability that I shall make a good decision. I only have to make the decision once.
    This approach appears to be akin to what you are calling hold.

    In assessing scientific hypotheses (or engineering problems) I make an immediate decision to provisionally accept or provisionally reject the hypothesis. These decisions are constantly reviewed and changed in the ligth of new data, or reinterpretation of old. However they always remain provisional. But that provisional character does not mean they are held in an uncertain, or wimpish manner. At the point I hold them I hold them with total conviction and passionate belief. It is just that I am ready, instantly, to change direction 180 degrees. Such an option does not seem to be offered in your range of choices.


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    Who cares if they reject your arguments. If you are right, you should be able to defend it, and kick their asses in the process. Don't just cast your pearls of wisdom out there and let the swine trample all over them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ophiolite
    Quote Originally Posted by coberst
    Do you accept, reject, or hold judgment regarding my claim?
    None of the above.

    In business I will not make a decision until the point where that decision needs to be made. Action Man businessmen will 'rush to judgement'. If the circumstances change they will happily alter their decision. In the meantime there subordinates have implemented actions based on their first decision and the company has wasted money.
    By deferring the decision until it needs to be made - but not one second later - I maximise my information and therefore the probability that I shall make a good decision. I only have to make the decision once.
    This approach appears to be akin to what you are calling hold.

    In assessing scientific hypotheses (or engineering problems) I make an immediate decision to provisionally accept or provisionally reject the hypothesis. These decisions are constantly reviewed and changed in the ligth of new data, or reinterpretation of old. However they always remain provisional. But that provisional character does not mean they are held in an uncertain, or wimpish manner. At the point I hold them I hold them with total conviction and passionate belief. It is just that I am ready, instantly, to change direction 180 degrees. Such an option does not seem to be offered in your range of choices.
    Good. It appears that we agree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ophiolite
    Quote Originally Posted by coberst
    Do you accept, reject, or hold judgment regarding my claim?
    None of the above.

    In business I will not make a decision until the point where that decision needs to be made. Action Man businessmen will 'rush to judgement'. If the circumstances change they will happily alter their decision. In the meantime there subordinates have implemented actions based on their first decision and the company has wasted money.
    By deferring the decision until it needs to be made - but not one second later - I maximise my information and therefore the probability that I shall make a good decision. I only have to make the decision once.
    This approach appears to be akin to what you are calling hold.

    In assessing scientific hypotheses (or engineering problems) I make an immediate decision to provisionally accept or provisionally reject the hypothesis. These decisions are constantly reviewed and changed in the ligth of new data, or reinterpretation of old. However they always remain provisional. But that provisional character does not mean they are held in an uncertain, or wimpish manner. At the point I hold them I hold them with total conviction and passionate belief. It is just that I am ready, instantly, to change direction 180 degrees. Such an option does not seem to be offered in your range of choices.
    Good. It appears that we agree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold14370
    Who cares if they reject your arguments. If you are right, you should be able to defend it, and kick their asses in the process. Don't just cast your pearls of wisdom out there and let the swine trample all over them.
    You are speaking about the adage "casting pearls before swine" I guess. I would not want to be accused of thinking of my readers as being swine.

    We are all in a boat that will sink if we do not get our act together. I do not think that kicking ass is an effective means for getting our act together. I would prefer to think of it as casting pearls before thousands wherein some of these thousands are secure enough in their self-esteem that they can recognize a pearl when they see it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coberst
    It appears to me that many young people consider that ‘to be negative is to be cool’. This leads them into responding that ‘X’ is false when responding to an OP that states that ‘X’ is true.
    That has been true of young people since time began and can be seen in many other animals as well.
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