More examples of secondhandedness thoughts/questions (with links) contrasted with rational/reality-oriented thoughts/questions.
Also, for a long form analysis of a great example of second-handedness, read this whole post.
†Elliot Temple, in a July 2, 2013 Fallible Ideas email, subject line “Psychology of a Pretzel” (no longer directly linkable online because Yahoo took down its archives), said “I’d be fucking thrilled. If someone could prove me wrong, I would learn something and thank them. And it’d be something particularly useful. Please tell me who is better that I missed. I will read their stuff and get in touch with them. That’d be amazing.” 🙂