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Damon Horowitz

In-House Philosopher, Google

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LIVE CHAT With Damon Horowitz: When have you realized that you were wrong about what you once thought was right? June 8, 2011, 5-6PM EDT

Join us for a LIVE conversation with serial entrepreneur, philosophy professor, and Google Director of Engineering, Damon Horowitz.

This conversation will open at 5:00PM EDT, June 8th, 2011.

"I am curious to hear what prompts people to moral reflection and reconsideration: When have you realized that you were wrong about what you once thought was right?"

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Closing Statement from Damon Horowitz

I’d like to thank everyone for sharing their thoughts and experiences here. My TEDxSV talk was intended as a provocation for the technology industry in particular to reflect further upon our ethical decision making – but I am delighted to see that it has encouraged much broader discussion.

The prominent themes I hear in this conversation reinforce the value of education, experience, and humility in our moral development. So long as we continually challenge ourselves to question our beliefs, there is some small possibility that we will not always be wrong about what is right.

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    Jun 8 2011: There was this moment when I wanted to react negatively towards a friend who was not very nice towards me at the time. I felt that the only thing there was to do was to actually be nice to her. Nicer than I ever was towards her before. Sounds generic but at that moment I realized that, falling back to my comfortable response to people who have problematic behavior and letting them be until they "feel better" or put a wall up etc. this time I made a conscious choice to give something more than I ever did back to her. I learned that taking that extra step to go beyond protecting my boundaries and into taking action was very dynamic and beneficial.

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