The OPEN minded SKEPTIC - Restoring Excellence

The OPEN minded SKEPTIC

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Dec 04

Gullibility. Naivety. Easily fooled.

None of us, particularly in a clinical procedural profession, where things going wrong can be devastating for the patient, and for us, want to get conned into a new procedure that doesn’t work.

So the sensible dentist is skeptical.

We don’t believe everything that everyone tells us. Just because someone says it works, doesn’t mean it does. Perhaps they forget the cases that didn’t work. Perhaps they explain them away.

I once read some very sensible advice. Never be the first into something. Or the last.

Over time, we work out filters to make sure that something works before we use it. Perhaps multiple layers of evidence. Literature. Expert opinion. Friends say it work. An understood mechanism on how.

And of course, the most important proof of all. The test of time. Things that work tend to survive. Things that don’t, tend to come, and then go.

But evidence doesn’t create. Knowing that something works, didn’t cause it to work. Knowing the mechanisms of Bernoulli’s principle doesn’t invent the physics of flight. It just discovers it. The physics still worked before it was discovered. We just didn’t know how to manipulate it. We didn’t teach birds to fly.

And so it is, that things that are unproven may or may not work.

ack of proof is not proof of lack.

This is where it is easy to become close minded. We acknowledge that we don’t know it works, but then suddenly explain that it doesn’t.

When we know something doesn’t work, without proof, we’ve actually stopped being skeptical. The skeptic doesn’t believe something that’s unproven. But the skeptic doesn’t believe it doesn’t work without proof either.

So the true skeptic should be open minded.

They know to be skeptical of new ideas that are probably nonsense. But they are constantly questioning old ideas that might be nonsense too.

So just remember, whenever you know something doesn’t work, without proof, you are no longer being skeptical.

The true skeptic can admit the important statement. “I don’t know”. I don’t know if it works or not. It might. But I’m not going to risk it just yet.

So be an open minded skeptic and embrace your lack of knowledge. 🙂

If you found this helpful, please comment, like or share. skeptical of new ideas that are probably nonsense. But they are constantly questioning old ideas that might be nonsense too. So just remember, whenever you know something doesn’t work, without proof, you are no longer being skeptical. The true skeptic can admit the important statement. “I don’t know”. I don’t know if it works or not. It might. But I’m not going to risk it just yet. So be an open minded skeptic and embrace your lack of knowledge.:) If you found this helpful, please comment, like or share.

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Dr Lincoln Harris has been completely focused on excellence and quality from the beginning of his career as a dentist. He established the first private dental practice in Bargara – Harris Dental Boutique in 2000. Since graduation he has trained extensively in Aesthetic Implant Techniques and Full Mouth Rehabilitation to attain immense skill and knowledge. With his vast dental knowledge Dr Harris coaches and trains dentists from all over the world on complex aesthetic dentistry, surgical techniques and business management. Dr Harris is the founder of RIPE. Restorative Implant Practice Excellence: Full Protocol group an international forum of over 70,000 members worldwide. The purpose of the group is to share information and excellence in the dental industry. He has also lectured in multiple cities throughout Australia, North America, Asia, Singapore, United Kingdom and Europe.