Tips on How to Think Correctly
- Emotion doesn’t solve issues of truth.
- Though they may be traditions; that doesn’t always make them right.
- Do not give uncritical allegiance to human authority figures.
- Words are tools…be careful how you use them.
- Avoid name calling and attacking a person’s character as a debate tactic.
- Be careful of accusations based on presumed origins of a given idea or practice. Accusations and presumed assumptions are not a good basis in determining truth.
- The fact something is an old or new idea does not make it correct.
- Be careful in the use of “guilt by association.” Do not dismiss good ideas or practices simply by who proposed them.
- Be prudent when using the “slippery slope” argument…not all slopes are slippery.
- Be alert to cause and effect errors.
- Make sure conclusions follow from adequate evidence and support.
- Do not automatically accept clichés or popular slogans uncritically.
- Don’t ignore all evidence to the contrary of your ideas.
- Be wary of generalization. Truth isn’t always in the middle.
- Don’t take people, or ideas out of context.
- Be ready to admit to weakness or limitations.
- Resist the temptation to judge others.
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