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Wednesday, April 23, 2008
  Good sense
Good sense is the most equitably distributed of all things because no matter how much or little a person has, everyone feels so abundantly provided with good sense that he feels no desire for more than he already possesses.
—René Descartes, via David Weiss’ excellent essay, Metacognitive Miscalibration

I regularly feel like I don’t know anything. I have been working as a software developer for around 8.5 years and I feel like a green newbie who just came out of University. The internet serves as the greatest asset to my professional life but also the greatest ego bruiser I have ever known.
—Bill, A Confessional

Experience can be a handicap… At forty-two (or three!), it's easy to think you know things. You’re at incredible risk of thinking you know things when you’ve achieved some measure of success, no matter how modest. You become “unconsciously incompetent.” You don’t know, but you don’t know you don’t know.
I’m not young enough to know everything
 

Comments on “Good sense:
I just read Bill's confessional article and I can really relate to what he's talking about.

Even though I've been programming for ages now, I still feel like a complete noob.
I think it's fantastic that a lot of programmers and people I admire can share their experiences and insight on the web.

So.. I guess I'd like to say, Thanks Reg. :)
 




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