The folks at Signal vs. Noise shared this tidbit after a recent visit by Jeff to their office:
He said people who were right a lot of the time were people who often changed their minds. He doesn't think consistency of thought is a particularly positive trait. It's perfectly healthy — encouraged, even — to have an idea tomorrow that contradicted your idea today.Which got me thinking about the translation business. There have been very, very few ideas and developments. Does that mean we're not smart? Or just lazy? Or that translation as it is being done today is as good as it's ever going to get? Hmmm....
He's observed that the smartest people are constantly revising their understanding, reconsidering a problem they thought they'd already solved. They're open to new points of view, new information, new ideas, contradictions, and challenges to their own way of thinking.
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