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Frankus1122's Avatar Jump to comment 12 by Frankus1122

There's nothing wrong with shortcuts - as long as you are ready to question your results

Exactly. I am fairly confident that I am fairly intelligent. I think this because, well, I AM fairly intelligent and can see how I stand up in comparison to most other people when it comes to problem solving and generally figuring things out. However, I know I am not infallible. I want to be right about the conclusions I reach and in order to attempt to ensure this I question my conclusions. I try to take a position opposite mine and see if it has merit. I am aware that I have confirmation bias, get support from the 'echo chamber' I inhabit on the internet, and a myriad of other potential deficiencies in my thinking. Despite what the article claims, I think this awareness, coupled with actions to overcome these deficiencies, leads me to better, more sound thinking. How could it not?

Thu, 14 Jun 2012 15:29:15 UTC | #947414