Lessons from My Math Degree that Have Nothing to With Math

Posted by  $  MikeMarotta 9 months ago to Philosophy
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(Not my degree, certainly, but this author's.)

4. I check my goddamn work
Knowing how to solve problems is Act One.
Act Two is not fooling yourself into thinking you know more than you do.

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  • Posted by CircuitGuy 9 months ago
    This is all true. I see it in successful people, esp the persistence. They accept not getting it working and frustrating setbacks as part of life. Sometimes I think an unhappy childhood can in some ways be helpful. They just keep working the problem. They're not surprised when things are painful. They know they might be wrong; their world isn't upended when they realize they were wrong about something fundamental.
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    • Posted by  $  9 months ago
      "Attacking a problem from multiple angles." The world makes sense because it is - and must be - integrated. Truths cannot contradict each other. Truth must support each other.
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