Think Again: 8: Depolarizing Our Divided Discussions
Here are my notes on chapter 8 of Adam Grant’s Think Again book.
- Presenting a balanced case when discussing hot topics can avoid binary bias. We tend to simplify a complex continuum into two categories.
- Showcase the range of perspectives on a given topic.
- A dose of complexity can disrupt overconfidence cycles and spur rethinking cycles. It increases humility about our knowledge, increases our doubts, increases curiosity to discover information we were lacking.
- Resist the impulse to simplify is a step towards becoming more argument literate.
- Apply rethinking to different parts of our lives so that we can keep learning at every stage of our lives
- Recognize complexity as a signal of credibility.
- Favor content and sources that present many sides of an issue rather than 1 or 2.
- Recognizing complexity seeds great conversations.
- Caveats and contingencies — all the places and populations where an affect may change
- Avoid maintaining a consistent narrative rather than an accurate record
- Idea cults- when you say/think ___ is always a good or ___ is never bad.
- Productive conversations are when people treat their feelings as a rough draft.
- Restricted emotions gets in the way of rethinking
- In scientist mode- a charged conversations can results in an invigorating truth and new opportunities for understanding and progress.