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RMS article - "Why the devil's advocate doesn't help reach the truth"

by Jeanne Rasata Contributions Published on Oct 19, 2017 08:10 AM

In this article, "Why the devil's advocate doesn't help reach the truth," FSF president Richard Stallman (RMS) defines and unpacks what playing the devil's advocate really means and what the consequences of doing so really are as far as getting at the truth is concerned. He explains that, regardless of whether it is malicious or well-intended, the practice is misleading, confusing, and distracting; it does not help clarify the matter at hand. Especially not when the opinion in question being discussed is one that “goes against the establishment position,” like so many of RMS's opinions do. RMS then goes on to explain how “probing questions” are what, in fact, do lead to “getting to the bottom of the issue.”

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