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How To Turn A Debate Into A Discussion: A Cheat Sheet
from Sister Salad’s Foolproof Guide to Winning Absolutely Any Debate
Before the Conversation:
1. Acknowledge the imperfection of your current position
2. Recognize that reality is complicated
3. Devote yourself to understanding that complicated reality as fully as possible
I'm not trying to defend a particular side. I'm just trying to understand
the situation and figure out the best way to respond to it.
During the Conversation:
1. Explicitly state your goals.
2. Acknowledge your areas of ignorance.
I don’t know a lot about that. Tell me more.
3. Ask questions, and ask them respectfully.
Hm, how did you get there?
4. File away points for further examination.
5. Stick to what's central.
I see what you’re saying with that, but
what I’m most interested in is…
6. Continually resist the temptation to prove the other person wrong.
7. Don't go on defense.