How to Think for Yourself | Scott H Young - Deepstash

Our culture praises originality and creativity. We want our students to think for themselves and not follow blindly.

But thinking for oneself does not mean zero input from others.

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Our confusion about thinking

Our confusion stems from philosopher Rene Descartes, who decided to withdraw into his room and discard any knowledge that could be faulty. He chose to work from first principles on things he knew t...

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Thinking for yourself, through others

We learn to think for ourselves by learning the thoughts of other people.

The person who claims to think for himself, but rejects studying from other sources, is influenced...

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Groupthink

It would be mistaken to think accumulating knowledge always lead to independent thought. We are all aware of groupthink and conformity.

But, conformity and groupthink are solved by more lea...

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We all start as captives of the beliefs that are in our surroundings.

However, if you want to have independent thoughts, you have to learn more from both those with whom you agree and disag...

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