Preacher, Prosecutor, Politician and Scientist
Here are my notes on chapter 1 of “Think Again” by Adam Grant.
- We play a lot of roles in our lives. The author describes the preacher, prosecutor and politician roles. He compares them to scientist role
- We need to spend time rethinking as much if not more than thinking
- We favor feeling right over being right
- Form a habit of developing 2nd opinions
- Scientists are expected to doubt what they know, be curious about what they don’t know, update their view based on data.
- Confirmation bias and Desirability bias: seeing what we expect to see vs what we want to see. Both contort our intelligence into a weapon against the truth
- Lead with questions not answers or solutions
- Dare to disagree with our own argument
- Be actively open minded
- Search for reasons why we might be wrong
- Shift in the face of sharper logic and stronger data
- PURPOSE OF LEARNING ISN’T TO AFFIRM OUR BELIEFS;IT’S TO EVOLVE OUR BELIEFS
- Rethinking cycle: Humility>Doubt>Curiosity>Discovery
- When people are resistant to change- it reinforces what will stay the same
- Good judgement depends on having the skill and the will to open our minds.