Mental Model #11: Do It Like Darwin. Darwin apparently was not a genius, but he did have one trait that set him apart from others: his undying devotion to truth. In doing so, he developed his golden rule (and our mental model) of giving equal weight and attention to arguments and opinions that opposed his own. Instead of growing defensive when presented with something that opposed him, he grew critical and skeptical toward himself. This radical open-mindedness puts aside confirmation bias and ego.
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