May 04, 2011

Tuning Out the Noise

I have decided to tune out more of the noise in my life. So here's how not to be noise:
  • Base your opinions on all available, pertinent facts.
  • Make sure your facts are indeed facts, i.e., measurably true.
  • Make sure your conclusions are internally logically consistent.
  • Make sure that your conclusions are consistent with those you've drawn in the past or, if not, admit it and alter the impacted conclusions.
  • Do not counter arguments that no one has advanced.
  • Be aware of and admit your biases.
  • If you can't counter arguments that challenge yours, admit it and honestly consider conceding the point.
  • Avoid ad hominem attacks.