I came across this Twitter post from Andreessen Horowitz partner Chris Dixon recently.
The proper response to an well-researched, quantitative argument is a well-researched, quantitative counter argument. pic.twitter.com/ovIj0o99Q6
— Chris Dixon (@cdixon) August 5, 2015
Just like Maslow’s hierarchy of needs shows how human needs range from basic physiological needs at the bottom of the pyramid to more advanced self-actualization needs at the top, the pyramid above shows the range of possible responses to a claim you don’t agree with. You can choose a response ranging from basic name calling to an advanced, well researched and reasoned refutation of the central point of the claim.
The next time you find yourself disagreeing with a claim, depending on the importance of the issue and your ability to influence the outcome, you might want to choose what level response you provide from among the options outlined in the pyramid.