Mistakes, Failures and Folly

In honour of Willard McCarty, moderator of the Humanist discussion list, I quote from “Progress Report” by the American poet Elaine Equi

Technology, we’ve learned,
should be balanced with human folly
in order to malfunction
in the optimal way.

I was reminded of many a thread on Humanist. So I searched the archives for “failure” and could not quite locate the relevant exchanges. Hit the jackpot with “mistakes” and found a trove of quotations to the effect that mistakes are not failures. See http://dhhumanist.org/Archives/Virginia/v05/0432.html

And so for day 840

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