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Responsible Thinking Guidelines
- Seek as accurate an understanding of reality as possible, guarding against false beliefs.
- Question the claims of authorities and widely held beliefs.
- Do not become polarized or emotionally attached to any viewpoint.
- Subjective judgments may seem to be based on our own experience but may in fact be based on what we have been told or on our expectations.
- Always judge a course of action in comparison to its alternatives.
- Base opinions on measurements wherever possible.
- Use calculations rather than intuitive judgments when very large or very small quantities are involved.
- Vague claims are usually worthless.
- Never form a strong opinion after hearing only one side of a controversy.
- A person can be highly intelligent, sane, and honest and still be totally wrong.
- Correlation does not imply causation.
- Beware of shortcuts to the truth.