Besides developing writing skills that reflect these areas, I'm convinced that I also learned a lot about logic, accuracy, and the importance of detail.
My process to think through things goes like this...
With a tendency to not trust anything I read or hear, I instead take details from these sources as clues, and add more clues that I find on my own, to then direct my research and thinking. I'll repeat this as many times as there are more details that need clarification or validation.
As I go through this process I come up with my own theories. I attempt to keep full lists of theories rather than hastily throwing some out early. I don't try very hard to tell which one is most likely true until after I'm convinced that I have thought through everything relevant.
As a 3+ decades systems software engineer, troubleshooter, and master puzzle solver (with perfect scores on every spatial aptitude test ever taken) I have a lot of practice spotting relevant details.
There are plenty of mainstream sites that form their facts through a process involving concensus that many do trust. I'm one of those that do not trust consensus. (At least not any of today's formats for consensus.) I am one of those that has to figure out everything for himself. Even when it makes it look as though I'm wrong to the other experts. That's how a real truth-quest works.
If you appreciate my process then you may enjoy reading my articles.
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