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  •  True. However, some people do not learn from (1+ / 0-)
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    experience, especially not other people's experience. That seems to me an endemic flaw, but I could be wrong.

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    by hannah on Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 03:59:59 AM PST

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    •  A fair point (0+ / 0-)

      but one I think of limited applicability.

      Most people do learn from experience or they wouldn't learn anything at all. We aren't born speaking, reading and writing for example. These are all skills we learn by doing, ie, by experience.

      The problem seems to arise when our experiences conflict with deeply felt, emotionally loaded assumptions and preconceptions.

      The capacity for learning from the experience of others seems somewhat rarer but I admit to bias on that point.  I have very clear memories from early childhood of observing the behavior of my peers and adults and wondering why they insisted on behaving in ways that insured bad results.

      Over time, of course, I came to understand that it's far easier to recognize errors committed by others than it is to recognize the same errors when we ourselves commit them.  

      Nothing human is alien to me.

      by WB Reeves on Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 08:29:24 AM PST

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