Daemones advocatum: The Tenth Man

It has been mentioned before so here it is

The devils advocate: The tenth man

the idea is the person with the assigned job to disagree and point out flaws and errors

in a plan or idea

and make the contingency plans

How many of our present problems would not be occurring if someone had this job

It really tells you how things are run

Most have to fragile an ego to be told they are wrong

the idea is much simpler to understand

it has a lot of alagories


Daemones advocatum: The Tenth Man

job is to disagree

point out flaws

note the use of censorship instead of hardening and preparation

Their is actually a science to it


the tenth man

“The Tenth Man” is a phrase often used to refer to the concept of dissenting opinions in a group decision-making process. The idea is that when a group is deciding on a course of action, it’s important to have at least one person who is willing to take a different perspective and challenge the group’s assumptions. This can help prevent groupthink and ensure that all possible options are considered before a decision is made. In essence, the “Tenth Man” is a devil’s advocate, who serves to bring critical thinking and diverse viewpoints to the table.


devils advocate

A devil’s advocate is a person who presents arguments against a particular idea or proposal, even if they do not personally hold that view. The role of the devil’s advocate is to challenge assumptions, highlight weaknesses, and consider alternative perspectives, in order to test the strength of an argument or proposal. The devil’s advocate is often used in decision-making processes, such as in a courtroom, boardroom, or academic setting, to help ensure that all relevant factors are considered and that a well-informed decision is reached. While the devil’s advocate may be seen as a contrarian, their role is to promote critical thinking and rigorous analysis, rather than simply opposing an idea for the sake of disagreement.


Devil advocate

The advocatus diaboli (Latin for Devil’s advocate) is a former official position within the Catholic Church, the Promoter of the Faith: one who “argued against the canonization (sainthood) of a candidate in order to uncover any character flaws or misrepresentation of the evidence favoring canonization”.[1]

In common language, the phrase ‘playing devil’s advocate’ describes a situation where someone, given a certain point of view, takes a position they do not necessarily agree with (or simply an alternative position from the accepted norm), for the sake of debate or to explore the thought further using valid reasoning that both disagrees with the subject at hand and proves their own point valid. Despite being medieval in origin, this idiomatic expression is one of the most popular present-day English idioms used to express the concept of arguing against something without actually being committed to the contrary view.[2]

Is the 10th man rule purely fictional, or is it based in fact?

In World War Z, one of the characters described something called “the tenth man rule.”

After several disasters that NO ONE thought could happen, the Council decided that if a vote was unanimous against a possible outcome, one member would act as if it was ABSOLUTELY going to happen, and trying to prevent it. This way, if they have a crisis, one man is prepared for it, and assumes directorship of the council for the duration of the crisis.

It sounds familiar to me, but I can’t place it…

Does this have any basis in fact/policy in any real government, or was this a pure fabrication? If it’s purely fictional, has this concept been used in other works?

The Tenth Men Rule: Playing Devil’s Advocate to accelerate organisation growth

The Tenth Man Rule

This idea postulates that in a group of ten people, when nine members arrive at the same conclusion, the tenth person should always disagree and point out the flaws of the group’s conclusion, even if they agree.

In essence, the tenth man plays the role of devil’s advocate to serve as the organisation’s ‘devil’ in a manner of speaking. Essentially, the adversary in all situations but one weaponised toward helping the organisation emerge with a stronger, clearer, and airtight solution.

I have covered this before so

I thought I would see how a simpler definition would work would behave

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