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Independent-Mindedness

There are some kinds of work that you can't do well without thinking differently from your peers. A scientist can make the most impact if his or her ideas are correct as well as novel. An essay wil...

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How to Think for Yourself

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Nature of Independent Mindedness and Conventional Mindedness

But this pattern isn't universal. In fact, it doesn't hold for most kinds of work. In most kinds of work — to be an administrator, for example — all you need is to be right...

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Find Your Place

Understanding where you fall in the spectrum from conventional to independent-minded can be tricky. Conventional-minded people don't like to think of themselves as conventional-minded. And the inde...

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Can You Make Yourself More Independent-Minded?

Some strategies to follow to cultivate independent-mindedness:

  • Be less aware what conventional beliefs are. It's hard to be a conformist if you don't know what you're su...

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PAUL GRAHAM

When I read history I do it not just to learn what happened, but to try to get inside the heads of people who lived in the past. How did things look to them? This is har...

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Internal Structure of Independent-Mindedness

According to Paul Graham, internal structure of independent-mindedness has three components: fastidiousness about truth, resistance to being told what to think, and curiosi...

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Fastidiousness About Truth

Fastidiousness about truth means more than just not believing things that are false. It means being careful about degree of belief.

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Resistance to Being Told What to Think

In the most independent-minded people, the desire not to be told what to think is a positive force. It's not mere skepticism, but an active delight in ideas that subvert the conventional wisdom, th...

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Curiosity

The third component of independent-mindedness, curiosity, may be the most interesting. To the extent that we can give a brief answer to the question of where novel ideas come from, it's curiosity. ...

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Cultivate Curiosity

First, you want to avoid situations that suppress curiosity. The most important active step you can take to cultivate your curiosity is probably to seek out the topics that engage it. Few adults ar...

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PAUL GRAHAM

If your goal is to discover novel ideas, your motto should not be "do what you love" so much as "do what you're curious about."

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