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    , Charles wrote

    It's not necessarily about getting it right. When you get something wrong you inevitably learn why. Then, you acquire new knowledge that stays with you. 

    All of us would get each of the examples in this thread wrong at some point in time -> the points in time when we didn't know anything about order precedence of mathematical operations.

    Here's to ignorance and the pursuit of knowledge. You can't have one without the other.



    Well Put!

    Another way to think about it is terms of a state machine.

    We can get from a state of 1."Not Knowing" to a state of 2."Knowing" (here state of knowing may not be absolute) with multiple iterations.

    And the transition from state 1 to 2 can be learning/experience/observation/accidental.