250 Words about nonsense

This is one of my favorite books of last year. It’s about how we deal with chaos, uncertainty a41DKChBrg7L._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_nd ambiguity. The human brain does not like uncertainty and as a result will fill in the blanks to operate more efficiently. The way that translates is that, simply put we all jump to conclusions and the more complicated the issue the more likely we are to look for a quick answer.
Author Jamie Holmes points out early that successfully dealing with “nonsense” and uncertainty does not require a high IQ, but requires that one learns to master the emotional challenge of figuring out what to do when one has no idea what to do. He states that he hopes to convince the reader of “a simple claim”: “In an increasingly complex, unpredictable world, what matters most isn’t IQ, willpower, or confidence in what we know. It’s how we deal with what we don’t understand.”
I think that may be overstating his case but the point should not be lost by a writer pushing his stated agenda. Those who don’t or won’t master that ambiguity challenge are more likely to “jump to conclusions”, “deny contradictions”, be mentally rigid, be prejudice and “revert to stereotypes”, assert control elsewhere when losing control somewhere, be less creative, be more confident about an erroneous course of action, and be trusting of those who don’t deserve trust and not trusting of those who do. In a complex profession like teaching that seems important to remember


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