Intellectual Integrity

Humanist Thought of the Week: 4 20 2010

Intellectual Integrity

Reality is important.

You can’t solve problems without knowing what your problems really are.

Intellectual integrity is critical to sorting out fact from fiction.

Having intellectual integrity means admitting that you are wrong when you find out you are wrong.

This can be hard to do, especially if you are invested in a political debate.

But it is critical you at least consider the possibility you may have your facts wrong if someone tells you that you do.

If this happens to you, do your research.

Find the source material rather then taking other people’s word for what is going on.

That way you will assure yourself that you actually do know what you are talking about rather then just taking someone else’s word for it.

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