RE: virus: Parables

Richard Brodie (
Wed, 30 Oct 1996 19:04:11 -0800

David McF wrote:

>I guess the question I have is when is a less accurate belief more
>useful than a more accurate one?

Great question! One example I use in my book Getting Past OK is the
coach's pep talk to his football team. Telling them they have a good
chance of winning can increase the likelihood of them winning. Studies
have been done showing that such self-fulfilling prophecies do have a
noticeable effect.

Another example is Newtonian physics. It's more useful to compute
results at low speeds using Newton's formulas than Einstein's, even
though the latter are more accurate.

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