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Majikthise quotes the following in her Sunday Sermonette:

The desire to be right and the desire to have been right are two desires, and the sooner we separate them the better off we are. The desire to be right is the thirst for truth. On all accounts, both practical and theoretical, there is nothing but good to be said for it. The desire to have been right, on the other hand, is the pride that goeth before a fall. It stands in the way of our seeing we were wrong, and thus blocks the progress of our knowledge. [emphasis added]

--W.V. Quine and J. S. Ullian, The Web of Belief Random House, New York, 2nd edition, 1978), p.133

Quine and Ullian have summed up my reasoning for gladly making corrections of fact: learning should be a lifelong process, but too many people ossify while still young. Their book is now perched near the top of my to-be-read list.

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