Today's post, Principles of Disagreement was originally published on 02 June 2008. A summary (taken from the LW wiki):


You do have to pay attention to other people's authority a fair amount of the time. But above all, try to get the actual right answer. Clever tricks are only valuable if they help you learn what the truth actually is. If a clever argument doesn't actually work, don't use it.

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