How to change someone's opinion in an argument


If you are having a friendly argument over a policy issue, ask the person you disagree with to explain how their preferred policy would work, describing "step by step, from start to finish, the causal path from the policy to the effects it was supposed to have."

A study says that's the best way to get someone to "soften their views" and get them to realize that they don't have a good "understanding of the issues."

This seems even more useful as a self-exercise. I want to try it on myself to see if I'm even more ignorant than I think I am.

The best way to win an argument

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