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Keep Your Identity Small

Politics, like religion, is a topic where there’s no threshold of expertise for expressing an opinion. All you need is strong convictions.

they become part of people’s identity, and people can never have a fruitful argument

When people say a discussion has degenerated into a religious war, what they really mean is that it has started to be driven mostly by people’s identities.

you can have a fruitful discussion about a topic only if it doesn’t engage the identities of any of the participants.

If people can’t think clearly about anything that has become part of their identity, then all other things being equal, the best plan is to let as few things into your identity as possible.

The more labels you have for yourself, the dumber they make you.

Considering yourself a scientist is equivalent to putting a sign in a cupboard saying “this cupboard must be kept empty.”