Who are we
Who are we
A list of rules promulgated by social psychologist and game theorist Anatol Rapoport.
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1st February 2021
You should attempt to re-express your target’s position so clearly, vividly, and fairly that your target says, “Thanks, I wish I’d thought of putting it that way.”
You should list any points of agreement (especially if they are not matters of general or widespread agreement).
You should mention anything you have learned from your target.
Only then are you permitted to say so much as a word of rebuttal or criticism.
Rapoport’s Rules to Criticize Someone Constructively
In Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking, philosopher Daniel Dennett lists Anatol Rapoport’s rules of constructive argument and debate: Just how charitable are you supposed to be when …
We pulled these rules from this Right Attitudes post
About the Author
I write as a means of debugging the world, at the heart of my thinking I believe that all of the world's problems are solvable and we can enjoy our lives solving them.