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« Greetings from Down Under | Main | Doomed to fail? »

September 11, 2006


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Brian Wang

There is a washington post article that shows the effect of confidence and belief in oneself in getting better performance on tests

Of course the answer is also in Star Wars V, the Empire Strikes Back.

[Using the Force, Yoda effortlessly frees the X-Wing from the bog]
Luke: I don't, I don't believe it.
Yoda: That is why you fail.

Luke: All right, I'll give it a try.
Yoda: No. Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try.

Yoda: You must unlearn what you have learned.


To be fair, in all of the cases you cite, the solution allowed a reverse-engineering of the problem to find shortcuts. It wasn't merely psychological.

In the case of running, what changed was training and running techniques. If nobody realized the FIVE minute mile were broken, yet they were trained with modern techniques, they'd still break the four minute mile, and probably be wondering why it was so easy.

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