Follow

Second new gemlog post, on why playing "Devil's Advocate" to try and learn stuff is ineffective at best and actively shitty at worst.

gemini://petrichor.me/gemlog/0

· · Web · 1 · 0 · 2

@petrichor I don't think I was ever one for playing devil's advocate, but I did write an entire thesis on the use of thought experiments: those abstract "what if... ?" questions. Now, I feel like they fall into a similar category as playing devil's advocate. Thought experiments are intellectual games that ignore people's lived experiences. The question "what if you swapped genders for a day?" takes on a very different cadence for people of trans lived experience than for cis people, for example.

Sign in to participate in the conversation
Scholar Social

Scholar Social is a microblogging platform for researchers, grad students, librarians, archivists, undergrads, academically inclined high schoolers, educators of all levels, journal editors, research assistants, professors, administrators—anyone involved in academia who is willing to engage with others respectfully.