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This in turn is foremost a blog through which I’ll be examining my own misconceptions, then a journal of my observations on software engineering, life, and everything else.

Expressing oneself honestly is a difficult thing to do. There are our innate tendencies, -which with every victory increase the rigidity of our beliefs and decrease the number of our vantage points, then there is the abundant availability of external constructs on which we can rely to support our obstinate views. Coupled, these factors make it difficult to discern what we know from what we think we know and it becomes easy to assert opinion as fact, fooling ourselves and others in the process.

Information today hits us hard, fast and ceaselessly, and a frightful amount of it is misstated as fact. It gets discharged into the mechanics of social networks and dispersed cyclically. Depending on which tribe you subscribe to, sentiments of criticism or praise will emanate, but seldom both. Experts and amateurs alike take part in the proliferation of said sentiments, both feeding from and feeding one another what eventually becomes the tribe’s mantra, and oftentimes a tribe-wide misconception.

Such misconceptions have permeated the fabric of our culture so extensively in recent times that it has not only become near impossible to discern fact from opinion, but near irrelevant for tribesmen who find more comfort in shared misconceptions, rendering the scientific method quaint.

The problem with misconceptions is that they are eventually revealed to be just that, and it seems like an awfully expensive waste of time to be subscribed to such things, -this is surpassed only by the awful disservice you would be doing another by indoctrinating them into such modern tribal practices.

Richard Feynman in his 1974 commencement address at Caltech said; “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.” -This in turn is foremost a blog through which I’ll be examining my own misconceptions, then a journal of my observations on software engineering, life, and everything else.

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