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  • Writer's pictureAli Assareh

How to argue kindly, from Daniel Dennett!

How to argue kindly! A great reminder from the great Daniel Dennett -- useful for conversations at work, and with friends and family too! Four steps to arguing kindly, IN ORDER (that's key!):

(1) You should attempt to re-express your target’s position so clearly, vividly, and fairly that your target says, “WOW! Thanks! I wish I’d thought of putting it that way myself!"

(2) You should l

ist any points of agreement (especially if they are not matters of general or widespread agreement).

(3) You should mention anything you have learned from your target.

(4) Then - AND ONLY THEN - are you permitted to say so much as a word of rebuttal or criticism.

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