Jussi wrote: ↑
Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:38 pm
...Any thoughts on bridging that gap between useful pedagogical language and appropriate humility?...
I think that I share your tendencies when it comes to understanding things for myself and in expressing them to others, and I too, am aware that I sometimes seem to be giving "lectures" when I am telling people about something (I have also been a university teacher by profession, so it comes somewhat naturally to me to be thorough and comprehensive when I talk about and explain things to others). Perhaps simply adding qualifiers to your comments -- such as "from what I've read/heard", or "I could be wrong, but I think that....", etc., may remove some of the authoritativeness from your discussions (even if you know that you're right
And maybe, you shouldn't worry so much about being "that guy", because like-minded people often appreciate that sort of discussion, enjoying the depth and knowledge that another person wishes to share. If somebody just throws an idea out without any background discussion, I always want to ask them where they got the idea, and why they would think that, and if they can't explain or they clearly haven't thought about it in any depth nor do they seem to understand it in any depth, then I have no interest in hearing what they have to say. I'll take an informed lecture any day to someone pulling unsupported ideas out of thin air.