I’m currently reading Adam Grant’s new book: Think Again – The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know and he has this paragraph that has me thinking again [pun intended]:
Rethinking isn’t a struggle in every part of our lives. When it comes to our possessions, we update with fervor. We refresh our wardrobes when they go out of style and renovate our kitchens when they’re no longer in vogue. When it comes to our knowledge and opinions, though, we tend to stick to our guns. Psychologists call this seizing and freezing.
We favour the comfort of conviction over the discomfort of doubt, and we let our beliefs get brittle long before our bones. We laugh at people who still use Windows 95, yet we still cling to opinions that we formed in 1995. We listen to views that makes us feel good, instead of ideas that make us think hard.
There were times when I used to think that Google does not have all the information I need to do my research papers, so I would spend hours and hours in the library at university, but since discovering Google Scholar, I had to rethink my position.
The ability to unlearn old habits and learn new ones makes sense, it is not easy though, but worth all the effort.