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Shoshin is the Japanese Zen term for a "beginner's mind' and refers to a paradox: The more knowledge you have on a subject, the more likely you are to close your mind to further learning.
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"In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few."
If we see intelligence and aptitudes as pliable rather than fixed, we can learn better.
A series of studies showed that intellectually humble people also tended to have a growth mindset. If you see intelligence as something you can develop, then finding holes in your knowl...
Confirmation bias is a major hurdle to being open-minded: We seek information supporting our current views and beliefs.
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When you put others first, you teach them that you come second.
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This a Zen Buddhism concept that refers to the idea of letting go of your preconceptions and having an attitude of openness when studying a subject.
According to Zen master Basho, the ordinary mind has no fabrications, no biased value judgments.
That is to say, the experiences you have and the person you already are, suffice. You may occasionally need repairs, but that adds to your character and makes you who you are.
Knowledge about a subject predicts curiosity for new knowledge. And this happens because you need to have some information before you can ask good questions. Since good questions are the raw material for curiosity, it’s difficult to be curious about something when you can’t ask a...
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