Thursday, 27 September 2012
Not fooling yourself: the quiz!
do you 'let ideas die in your place'? That is, do you have a positive attitude towards criticism and not take realising you're wrong personally?
Are you optimistic that problems have solutions?
Do you actively seek criticism of your ideas?
Do you have some, at least a basic, understanding of logic, reasoning and argument
Do you have a lot of strongly held beliefs:
yes, one's I've thought a lot about consciously
yes, one's I've thought a bit about
yes, but I don't realise it because they're all inexplicit beliefs
Think of your three mostly highly regarded theories. Got them? Good. How many hard criticisms have you had challenge each in the last 6 months?
Do you, in large, have the same beliefs as your peers? If so, which came first, the peers of the beliefs?
how often do you have a good debate or discussion, or read something to a similar effect?
Do you have at least one friend who'll eagerly try to tell you why you're wrong about stuff?
Think of a few of your intellectual idols. People who have influenced your own thoughts. Can you readily think of problems you believe there are with their work?
Are you willing to think of bold solutions to problems and not just sit on the fence, where you'll be more prone to fallacies of common sense?
Do you frequently have Socratic episodes in which you realise that you are naiver or more ignorant than you thought?
Do you think you did well on this test?