“Thoughtful disagreement” means listening to and understanding others’ perspectives, in common pursuit of finding the truth, or of making the best decision.
Rarely do we establish an environment, with “rules of the game”, that protects and encourages thoughtful disagreement simply because we rarely have encountered it ourselves.
Two rules of the game could be:
- Repetition: if you are making a point that opposes the one before yours, then you must first repeat the point to the satisfaction of the person who made it, to prove you understand it.
- Two-minute rule: each person making a point is granted at least two minutes of no interruption for him or her to fully make out their point.
What other rules can we enforce to encourage age thoughtful disagreement?