On the other hand, this has to be taken carefully. If you just argue that those who disagree are insincere or stupid then you may be a rhetoretician rather than a truth-seeker. But the marker is good for those who actually think so.
- You find it easy to conclude that those who disagree with you are insincere or stupid.
- You are reluctant to agree a rival’s claim, even if you had no prior opinion on the topic.
This is also clearly a rhetorical device...something people actively do when pursuing persuasion, but don't as much when pursuing truth.
Indeed, a good chunk of the list is discussion a tension between persuasion and truth-seeking. As usual, Robin is arguing (implicitly) for the truth-seeking side of the balance, while almost everyone else is persuading.
It shouldn't surprise any of my readers that, of the dangers Robin lists, I believe myself to be most afflicted by:
- You are uncomfortable taking a position near the middle of the opinion distribution.