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Is being perfect a hindrance to growth?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (19440points) February 13th, 2020

Seeing most of human discoveries come from accidents?

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stanleybmanly's avatar

Give us an example of perfection so that we may decide

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

If Louis Pasture cleaned his peteri dishes properly then we would never had discovered pennicilan.

I hope I got the facts right. I’m not infallible or perfect.

Zaku's avatar

“Is being perfect a hindrance to growth?”
– That’s one type of perspective that might be brought to various examples, but it doesn’t make sense as a general principle. You’d have to apply it to something more specific and then consider carefully what you mean in each case (e.g. what do you mean by “perfect”, “hindrance” and “growth” exactly in each case?), before you could evaluate each case.

For different definitions, various examples might be thought true or false. It’s not a general principle, unless you define each term mathematically or something, in which case it will still depend on your choice of definitions.

e.g. a counter-example:
A perfect seed is not at all hindered in its growth.

elbanditoroso's avatar

The scientific method – which means errors and retries and errors and more retries – that’s what allows growth.

Darwin was right. Things evolved because the fittest, most advanced, survive.

Perfection, in a rational analysis, is an impediment to growth and learning, because perfection means that people stop having an urge to think.

You can see the consequences of that in many fundamentalist religions, who believe in the perfection of the bible and the absolutely prohibition on questioning it. Those believers have stultified themselves by being locked into their views.

zenvelo's avatar

It isn’t the most fit or advanced that evolve, it is the most adaptable.

I disagree with your premise that “most human discoveries come from accidents.” That statement discounts human ingenuity and adaptability.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@zenvelo Ok. How about some discoveries? I don’t have a exact tally.

Inspired_2write's avatar

Healthy striving is about honoring yourself by endearing to achieve your full potential.

Perfectionism is about dishonoring yourself by telling yourself that there are certain things that you need to achieve before you’re “enough”.
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Patty_Melt's avatar

It must be. I’m 5’3”.

Nuggetmunch's avatar

I mean yes. Because if someone thinks they or something they’ve created is perfect, they fail to acknowledge that there is always room for improvement. Also…. Let’s take it this way, if someone has always been an achiever, they have not known what failure is and hence are not likely to handle it well. Failure makes us stronger. It’s also a reminder of humility. It also gives an opportunity to step back and brainstorm for different perspectives and ideas, experimenting, and replenishes the sportsman spirit in us. We learn how to accept and handle situations that aren’t in our control.

rebbel's avatar

Yeah, I am with Patty.
I am 6’4”.

LostInParadise's avatar

No. Most scientific discoveries come about by rigorous experimentation and confirmation by others. A good example is the idea of cold fusion, which was initially held to be true due to experimental error, but was later shown to be false.

Fortuitous accidents do occasionally occur, but most often as part of the experimental process. If Fleming had not been carrying out experiments, he would never have discovered penicillin. None of Einstein’s work was due to accident. The experiments that led to quantum mechanics had results that were surprising but not accidental.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

One shouldn’t be afraid to make mistakes.
I usually learn from mine.
usually :)

Patty_Melt's avatar

Awww rebbel, you’re close enough to perfect.
mmm I likes em tall and somewhat flawed.

rebbel's avatar

Hrmm, so now being a liberal, leftist, commie, socialist is a flaw…..?

Patty_Melt's avatar

It is good you see the error of your ways. ~

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