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It's good to ask others for information regarding all sorts of topics. But if all of your answers convinced me, and I follow the advice, am I acting like a second hander?

asked Jan 15 '12 at 09:21

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edited Jan 05 '14 at 14:16

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Your second sentence offers a clue. If you were convinced by using your mind rationally, you would be deciding based on your own first hand evaluation of such advice.

(Jan 15 '12 at 12:22) Donovan Donovan's gravatar image

Going to a doctor and following his medical advice is not second handed. All knowledge is hierarchical and we often use others' knowledge to build our own knowledge upon. Would a physicist be "second-handed" for using Newton's laws?

(Jan 15 '12 at 12:50) Danneskjold_repo Danneskjold_repo's gravatar image

You are only a second-hander if you follow the advice blindly.

If you reason about the advice before taking it, and think about the actions resulting from the advice while you do them, and make your own evaluations of the results, then you won't be a second-hander.

answered Jan 15 '12 at 16:48

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Well put, Rick.

(Jan 15 '12 at 17:31) ethwc ♦ ethwc's gravatar image

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