An ode to Less Wrong

We’ve constructed a world of positives. We strive for success, celebrate wins and (still!) covet the next big thing. We make presentations and resumes that focus on what ‘worked’ and make award videos that exaggerate them.

These are our lies. Not big, shameful lies, but small and permeating like dust, fogging our view.

Success, of course, is also about making things less wrong, not only more right. It’s just that we prefer to talk in positive terms.

Many of the things we celebrate are shaped by optimisation: a process of eliminating what works less well. And it’s worth noting that theories — which we tout and laud lavishly — can only be proven wrong and not right.

We edge away from wrong slowly and yet we eagerly announce success at the smallest signal. Flipping things might help humility to flourish. It might expose important problems instead of paper over them.

How would you do things differently this week if you were trying to make things less wrong instead of more right?

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