In the future I will write blog entries. Since I have a comment function I would like to state that the following communication rules should be followed. This seems to me, in particular also after some debates within German sociology.
- Everyone has the right to the most favorable interpretation of his words.
- Whoever seeks to understand others, let no man imply to him that he approves that’s why their behavior.
- To the right of being heard out, one has the duty to be brief.
- Everyone should say in advance under what circumstances he would be prepared, to be convinced.
- However you choose the words, it’s not very important; it depends, to be understood.
- Take no man at his word, but take seriously, what he meant.
- There should never be a dispute about words, at most about problems, that are behind it.
- Criticism must always be concrete.
- Nobody is to be taken seriously who has made himself unassailable, ie. immunized, against criticism.
- One should make a difference between polemics, which reinterpret what was said and criticism that seeks to understand the other.
- Criticism should not be rejected, nor should it only be endured, but one should look for it.
- Every criticism is to be taken seriously, even that which has been made with evil intent; for the discovery of a mistake can only be useful to us.
From: Popper, K. R.: Rights and duties of those who learn from their fellow human beings want,in: Enlightenment and Critique, 1 (1994) 1, p. 119
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