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How To Prepare a Better Argument Requires Research

On the playground I learned to win an argument by saying “I’m right, you’re wrong. Nanananana! or “Because I said so/want to.””

Since I stopped taking advice from other 7 year olds my education on problem solving has really matured.  A recent study shows that if we want to prove we are right about a solution or issue than we must explain how. That’s right, you can’t just say I’m right, you need to say how your answer is going to solve a problem. Apparently we humans have this knack for being just familiar enough with a subject that we assume we know everything to create a correct opinion.

It makes sense if you think about it. How much do you know about climate change or parenting that is based on research and personal experience as opposed to bits of information we pick up along the way? We all have the responsibility to learn not just why, but how we want to create our world.

Read the article at www.businessinsider.com/how-to-win-an-argument

The study is published at www.pss.sagepub.com/content/24/6/939.short

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