Laeeth Isharc’s answer to What are some good answers to Peter Thiel’s contrarian question: What important truth do few people agree with you on?

Being a contrarian is about perception — about seeing clearly — even, or especially when you realise that what you see is at odds with the social construction of reality. So a good answer will be one in which someone can demonstrate that she sees something clearly and is capable of noticing and recognising without depending on others to create a representation of reality that one can then repeat, like a highly intelligent trained monkey.

If you want to learn better how to do this, you might start with Pippa Malgrem’s ‘Signals’. It’s also not a bad idea to cut out news, TV, and social media for a few months and start noticing things, writing them down, and trying to figure out what they might mean.


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