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1. Intellectual benevolence - Prefer to guide or influence?

1. Intellectual benevolence - Prefer to guide or influence?

✅ Intelly benevolent: Help us get to the truth, gain knowledge, deepen our undertanding, develop our skill. They have mature views about our progress and take pleasure in our growth.

❌Social vigilantes: They don’t care that other people have correct views; they care that other people share their views.

❔ How to know: Pay attention to what they get excited about - by your intellectual progress in general, or only when they succeed in influencing your thinking?


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Questions to know how dependable is someone

Questions to know how dependable is someone

  • Do they get excited when I make intellectual progress, or only when they influence my views?
  • Are they fearful about sharing their ideas? Are they over-eager for others to approve of their ideas?
  • Are they willing and able to clarify their meaning if I ask them to? 


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Who can we trust for guidance

Who can we trust for guidance

We often turn to intellectually dependable people... to guide us through our blind spots. It's about considering the facts in light of our values & objectives... think things through together to figure out what we should do with the facts in our particular situat...


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4. Audience sensitivity - appreciate unique perspective

4. Audience sensitivity - appreciate unique perspective

✅Virtuously sensitive: Pay attention to our particular views, experiences, abilities, & tendencies. Fit their communications to our predicament & help us advance

❌Insensitive: Obsess more over their own features or too selective in their attention. Have a d...


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2. Intellectual transparency - Transparent, vain, or reluctant

2. Intellectual transparency - Transparent, vain, or reluctant

✅Transparent: Skilled at recognising they’re sometimes in a position to strengthen our perspective by sharing their own.

❌Vain: Pretend to know things they don’t, or to have stronger evidence than they do.

❌Timid: Even when t...


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3. Communicative clarity - want to make the meaning clear

3. Communicative clarity - want to make the meaning clear

✅Clear communicators: Easy to follow with clear main points, what's merely incidental, explain how their views might be confused with other contrasting ones. Prioritize our understanding the core meaning.

❌Profundity-colored glasses: They misidentify gibber...


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5. Intellectual guidance - help navigate & make choices

5. Intellectual guidance - help navigate & make choices

✅ Guide: Respect people's judgement in making choices, but are also skilled in helping us navigate the risks & benefits while learning & reaching the conclusion.

❌Seize & freeze: They seize quickly on any information with promise of resolution. Once chosen,...


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