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How To Avoid Black And White Thinking: A Marriage Of Heuristics And Precision

As I’ve grown older, I’ve come to realize again and again that black-and-white thinking is one of the most unproductive and misleading ways of looking at the world.

“Political Party X is wrong. College is always a good investment. Notes must be taken on notebook paper. You’ve got to take a stance on this issue. Decide now!”

One of the many problems with this approach is the issue of precision. When asked for an opinion on a certain issue, how can you make that judgement without knowing the issue’s details?

Many issues are deceptively simple when presented in the form that humans understand intuitively; that is, when they’re presented in language.

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