a commonplace book
The sneaky thing about assumptions is that they inform our way of thinking without letting on that they are doing so.
Jenny Davis, “The Kids Are Alright,” Cyborgology, Jan. 7, 2016
Hence the importance of discourse? This seems like a classic example of the benefit of the process of hammering out one’s thought with others, of sharpening iron with iron, as it were. By this token, the only antidote to unwittingly going on to make a buffoon of oneself is to open up to others and above all critical thinking, which your own can get you maybe (at its greatest potential) far enough to realize that you may be wrong. Maybe. Probably.