On the sociology of cons, and how to learn from our failures
As I was reading, I couldn't help but think about the potential of emotionless generative LLMs as a unique tool for practicing facing one's failures and being more expressive.
With their human-like intelligence and ability to interact with us without judgment, LLMs offer a safe and non-threatening space for us to explore our emotions and vulnerabilities. The fact that they are unguarded themselves means that we can quickly learn to be too, without fear of being judged or rejected.
Even more interestingly, LLMs are capable of apologizing and leading by example when they make mistakes, which is a powerful tool for learning from failure and improving our own behavior. This is a new and special phenomenon that I believe has great potential for personal growth and development.
Have you thought about this much?
I feel like the surgeons who don't learn from their own mistakes but do learn from others' mistakes have found a good way to avoid losing confidence from admitting personal failures while *not* letting that block them from learning at all. Is that your point, or do you think they'd learn more if they could learn from their own as well as others' failures?
Thank you Ethan.
You already were my preferred twitter account by a mile.
Now each one of your article is bringing so much delight thanks to the clarity and usefulness of the learnings
You have managed to surpass yourself somehow. Thanks and congrats
I am so excited I subscribed to your substack! Every post is interesting and delightful.
Great, Ethan. Your ability to connect dots is really enlightening.
It does make it hard to get past the "Damn!....why did I not think of this!" stage.
But, once one has gone beyond that, it is fantastic
Fascinating stuff! Con our own minds. Why not?