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Reza Ghiabi

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"Even a broken clock is right twice a day. " Is it really right?

So I posted this quote as my google statues and my friend had an Idea:
"Unless you don't have a reliable standard to compare that clock with, it is useless to consider this fact that the clock might be right 2 times. Clock is a measurement instrument with which you measure something else, so if you wan't to verify it you need another clock which works 100% correct"
What do you think? Shouldn't we consider that maybe others can be right sometimes? How can we define this "standard" that my friend mentioned?

Topics: philosophy

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  • Jul 6 2013: My first time at a TED conversation. It could be me, but this seems like a very strange conversation about a simple sentiment. "Even a broken clock is correct twice a day." it is intended to have the viewer look more deeply at someone or some situation that seems "broken", to see if maybe the viewer is incorrect in their judgment.

    while you could analyze the concept of "time", philosophy, religion, et al, the quote is trying to help someone not be so judgmental.
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      Jul 6 2013: Good description Barbara. The statement is the statement here, it's us that can look at it simply or with complex approach. Personally I believe simple approach works here more, just like you described it. With this approach the message would be: "Don't be judgmental".
      But that raises at least one question: Is any one or any Ideas should be treated this way? History of a phenomenon is a part of it's context. And we need the context to make a good decision.

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