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Damon Horowitz

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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: I was told long time ago that I have a very strong personality, that to achieve something I deem worth fighting for, I put so much passion in my doings, that others around me can easily mistake for domination.
    Since this is surely not my intent, since I don't want the power of my passion to push people away or worse, be seen as an infringement of their free will, I made it a habit that right after I get what I want to step back for a second and look again at the big picture. Re-evaluate everything through the light of the moral system that governs me. Sometimes I find that I was wrong, I apologize and restart with new hopes.

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