Today's post, My Best and Worst Mistake was originally published on 16 September 2008. A summary (taken from the LW wiki):


When Eliezer went into his death spiral around intelligence, he would up making a lot of mistakes that later became very useful.

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Off-topic, but in the context of "best mistake", here is John Ringo's definition of serendipity from The Last Centurion:

We were saved by serendipity. (Which is a term meaning "I fucked up but things came out better than if I hadn't.")