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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: As I read through all the comments it strikes me that what changes a mind (or a heart or a soul) is vastly different for each person. It can be a life change (having a child) an educational experience or simply a personal encounter with someone who defied your expectations. In all my moral reflections or those I've watched occur in another person, I think the common ground might be humility. Very rarely have I seen special interest groups or cleverly written signs change someone's heart, more often it's the experiences listed below (in the comments, maybe above when I post this) combined with a willingness to truly listen and be taught.

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