- Use Your Mistakes. Don't be afraid to make mistakes in public as long as you learn from your mistakes.
- Respect Your Opponent. Apply the principle of charity charitably.
- The 'Surely' Klaxon. Use of the word 'surely' in argumentative essays is a good indicator of weak points in arguments.
- Answer Rhetorical Questions. If you can think of unobvious answers to rhetorical questions, then that is an indication of weak points in arguments.
- Employ Occam's Razor. Give preference to simple theories over complicated ones.
- Don't Waste Your Time on Rubbish. Don't waste your time on lousy work, of which there is a lot out there.
- Beware of Deepities. Be mindful of ambiguities. For example:
What do you think of Dennett's seven tools for thinking?
Regarding (1), do you think that one can always learn from one's mistakes?
Regarding (2), do you think that all argumentative opponents deserve respect?
Regarding (3), do you think that 'surely' is a good indicator of argumentative flaws?
Regarding (4), do you think that, if a rhetorical question has an unobvious answer, then that means that the obvious answer is false?
Regarding (5), do you think that simple theories are more likely to be true?
Regarding (6), do you think that considering nonsense is always a waste of time?
Regarding (7), do you think that ambiguity is usually a bad thing in argumentative contexts?