Discourse and disagreement

To have meaningful discussion, it’s important to be able to disagree. That’s not the same as accepting someone being disagreeable all the time!

I felt unwilling to contribute to a discussion yesterday as I didn’t feel comfortable disagreeing with its instigator. By coincidence I read a great post from Wait But Why a little later, highlighting how political polarisation is taking away people’s ability to share views. If a view is held or expressed so strongly that another perspective can’t be considered, it’s not really a conversation.

We learn either by being exposed to something completely new, or seeing a different perspective on something familiar. Technology is increasingly keeping us within a framework of the familiar (hello filter bubbles) so if we dial back on the latter, we’ve cut off much of the source of learning.

Give room to disagree. Encourage appropriate disagreement. Benefit from the discourse that follows.

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