I’ve recently seen many public intellectuals on Twitter posing questions designed to dig into people’s actual beliefs and assumptions to encourage them to think more deeply about how they approach the world. I’m really not sure if these questions have caused anyone to rethink any core beliefs or develop an improved understanding of themselves, but I believe the questions are interesting and provocative. I haven’t compiled a full list, as there are always new ones cropping up, but below is a short selection of the kinds of questions to which I’m referring.
1. Who is your biggest intellectual influence?
2. In what way did your upbringing and environment shape your intellectual positions and worldview?
3. What is one thing your side (political party, economic ideology, moral philosophy, religion, etc.) is wrong about?
4. What is one thing the other side(s) gets right?
5. Who is someone you have immense respect for but completely disagree with?
6. Who is the most overrated or misguided thinker/influencer in your camp?
7. If you had to pick someone from the other political party to serve as president, who would it be?
8. What is an issue you deem important but don’t understand and/or don’t care about?
9. Do you have any biases or unjustified heuristics/models that you know of yet continue to use?
Anyway, some food for thought!