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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gmwilliams 4 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

Make many excellent points in terms of discourse and debate. Succinctly stated! Voted up and extremely useful! This hub should be required reading, especially for forum etiquette!

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Chasuk 4 years ago

Do not give uncritical allegiance to human authority figures?

Do not give uncritical allegiance, period.

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JY3502 4 years ago from Florence, South Carolina Author

Good point Chasuk

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eHealer 4 years ago from Las Vegas

Yes, I always try not to judge others. Some of my buddies are so bossy and frequently try to tell me how to run my life. I just let it go, but you know it get's annoying. I don't know why some individuals can't just accept you the way you are, especially when your life is not exactly mainstream. You should live your life the way you want to, as long as no one is getting hurt. Great hub JY, voted up!

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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Be as fair and unjudgemental as possible is what I strive to live by. It doesn't always happen, but it is what I strive for. Nice piece.

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JY3502 4 years ago from Florence, South Carolina Author

Well, nobody's perfect avian.

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teacherjoe52 4 years ago

Hi JY.

A very admirable list.

Mine consists of two: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Do not do unto others as you do not want them to do to you. It is hard sometimes but is the best.

God bless you

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JY3502 4 years ago from Florence, South Carolina Author

That's right Joe, just go ahead and reduce the hours of work I spent getting this right, down to two sentences. LOL..but I agree.

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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

A wonderful hub and here's to so many more to come.


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