I assume every person I talk to is more intelligent than me. If I see signs of stupidity, I assume I’m being tested by a master.

First mistake in debate:

a) Assume the other party is stupid.

If you do that, you never leave the starting gate.

But if you assume the other party is intelligent – or more so, MORE intelligent than you, and watching you dance around like mice on a hot plate, you can make progress.

I assume every person I talk to is more intelligent than me. If I see signs of stupidity, I assume I’m being tested by a master.

Even if they are NOT a master, it doesn’t matter. I always walk away learning something.

But that’s my process. Everybody has a process that works for them.

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