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Disagreement Hierarchy

Note that 4 to 7 on the pyramid are misleading arguments, so it is best to avoid them completely. Nevertheless, there is not always a clear point where one step in the hierarchy passes to another (although this does not mean that there is no difference between states). The sound argument – 5 – can also be valid in cases where the tone is relevant to the discussion. You may have heard of another hierarchy, often presented as a pyramid: Bloom`s Taxonomy. From the lowest level to the highest level of the cognitive domain classifies Bloom`s pyramid as we learn. He says this tendency to disagree is structurally embedded in the online experience, because people tend to say much more about rejection than if they simply say they agree. What`s interesting is that Graham points out that even if that`s the case, if you spend a lot of time in comment sections, the world doesn`t necessarily get any more angry. But it may well be that we do not take into account a certain reluctance in the way we disagree. To better contradict what will lead to better conversations and happier outcomes, Graham developed these seven levels of a hierarchy of disagreements (DH): if we all disagree more, we should be careful to do it right. What does it mean to contradict well? Most readers can see the difference between the simple name and a carefully based rebuttal, but I think it would help put names on the intermediate steps. Here is an attempt at a hierarchy of disagreements.

Visualized as an infographic, the hierarchy forms a pyramid with the most convincing type of disagreement at the top. According to Paul Graham, it is also the least widespread. Not only does it take a little skill to identify the central point of an argument and figure out how to refute it, this type of argument also requires the opponent to engage on the central point of the argument…

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