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A Beautiful Mind

Governing Dynamics

Posted on 2011.11.28 at 09:20
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Jumping into a new situation feet first is the empirical antonym to quitting cold turkey - the creation of a pass or fail scenario, or to put it idiomatically, sink or swim - either figure it out along the way and succeed, or bow out. Learn by doing. A very good, and very effective educational approach as it greatly shortens the learning curve. There's no disagreement that quitting an addiction takes constitution and willpower; creation equally so. Those who are adept at one will be well suited for the other. All things being equal, it would stand to reason that the inverse of that is also true. Whomever struggles with quitting without gradual cessation or a placebo is probably not well suited for immediate and wholly saturating unfamiliar environments.

Which then illuminates the part many overlook - practical application of lessons learned. Within every failure is a lesson, and within every lesson an answer, or rather an opportunity to try again with an altered variable. Accurate conclusions cannot be drawn from incomplete trials and incomplete tests. Therefore a cascading effect of future bad decisions based upon inaccurate information is risked if defeat is assumed after failure because of the application of the failure rather than the success. In short the opposite of a "recipe for success;" instead a very nearly perfect scenario for guaranteed failures, one after the other, forever.

Whether the next particular altercation or variable chosen to be modified is the right one or not is ultimately unimportant, because until the correct combination is discovered it does not exist. Why emphasis is placed on time outside natural disasters or war is beyond the scope of this missive; destiny is timeless - whether the attributes of success are discovered later rather than sooner affects only the present, but giving into failure affects the future.

In short, it is absolutely essential to practically apply all lessons learned of every problem in a series of resolutions as often as required until a solution is reached. To do otherwise compounds failure indefinitely.



michelle1963 at 2011-11-28 22:39 (UTC) (Link)
Yes! Yes! Yes!

When a person (or group) fails at a task, experiment or situation, the reason is often not apparent. Without analysis and attempting a new course of action, it's easy to reach the wrong conclusion, assigning blame to a factor that may not have been the culprit. Or worse, generalizing that even making the attempt was flawed. When this occurs a person (or group) is now operating on at the least an unproven assumption and at worst a false assumption, basing any future decisions on inaccurate data. Thus leading to further failure.
ehowton at 2011-11-28 22:59 (UTC) (Link)
I think my epiphany is worthy of a Nobel. Maybe not this year, maybe not next - but I have just defined how to stomp out unhappiness perhaps forever. And that's some pretty heavy stuff right there.
michelle1963 at 2011-11-28 23:18 (UTC) (Link)
Agreed! Now we just have to change the societal norm from "afraid to fail" to "afraid not to try."
ehowton at 2011-11-28 23:20 (UTC) (Link)
pcofwildthings at 2011-11-28 23:08 (UTC) (Link)
I never thought about this subject in that degree of detail before, but it makes sense.

One of my favorite movies, A Beautiful Mind.
ehowton at 2011-11-28 23:11 (UTC) (Link)
Its one of my strengths and subsequently, one of my weaknesses.
ehowton at 2011-11-28 23:21 (UTC) (Link)
One of my favorite movies, A Beautiful Mind.

I listened to the score in its entirety every single day, for something like two years straight.
jobu121 at 2011-11-29 16:39 (UTC) (Link)
A lesson I learned once was when attempting to figure out the gravitational pull of a fictitious third moon of the 4th planet in a solar system that had dual sun's at opposing poles. I guess fortunately they were small sun's. The lesson learned was I do not need this class - others frantically wiped out calculators, pencil lead was flying as well as perspiration. I raised my hand, the instructor was amazed that a student was able to figure the equation out in lightening speed. He smiled and called on me. I told the professor the answer was "W". Perplexed he asked, "What?" I repeated, "W" for withdraw, I am outta here. A few people chuckled as I exited the room.
michelle1963 at 2011-11-29 17:12 (UTC) (Link)
Well, let's just hope you don't get transported through another dimension, and find yourself in need of this skill. Boy, will you be sorry!
ehowton at 2011-11-29 18:45 (UTC) (Link)


This is it. That moment they told us in high school where one day, algebra would save our lives.
michelle1963 at 2011-11-29 20:53 (UTC) (Link)


Exactly! (Awesome picture!)
ehowton at 2011-11-29 22:11 (UTC) (Link)


Why thank you! Screencapped it myself when I couldn't find a good version online.
michelle1963 at 2011-11-29 23:33 (UTC) (Link)


I had a feeling it wasn't one of the usual "stock" pictures I tend to rely on. I appreciate your attention to detail.
jobu121 at 2011-11-29 18:17 (UTC) (Link)
You know, now that you said that... I will. I think the bright light is coming for me... HAHAHAHA
ehowton at 2011-11-29 18:48 (UTC) (Link)
heh - thanks dude.
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