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38 Ways To Win An Argument—Arthur Schopenhauer - The India Uncut Blog - India Uncut For all of you who have ever been involved in an online debate in any way, Arthur Schopenhauer’s “38 Ways To Win An Argument” is indispensable. Most of these techniques will seem familiar to you, right from questioning the motive of a person making the argument instead of the argument itself (No. 35), exaggerating the propositions stated by the other person (No. 1) , misrepresenting the other person’s words (No. 2) and attacking a straw man instead (No. 3). It’s a full handbook of intellectual dishonesty there. The full text is below the fold. 38 Ways To Win An Argumentby Arthur Schopenhauer 1 Carry your opponent’s proposition beyond its natural limits; exaggerate it. Phew.

Top 10 Strange Phenomena of the Mind Humans The mind is a wonderful thing – there is so much about it which remains a mystery to this day. Science is able to describe strange phenomena, but can not account for their origins. We have all some experience of a feeling, that comes over us occasionally, of what we are saying and doing having been said and done before, in a remote time – of our having been surrounded, dim ages ago, by the same faces, objects, and circumstances – of our knowing perfectly what will be said next, as if we suddenly remember it! Déjà vu is the experience of being certain that you have experienced or seen a new situation previously – you feel as though the event has already happened or is repeating itself. Déjà vécu (pronounced vay-koo) is what most people are experiencing when they think they are experiencing deja vu. Déjà visité is a less common experience and it involves an uncanny knowledge of a new place. Déjà senti is the phenomenon of having “already felt” something. Jamie Frater

The Power of Hello It remains one of the most influential memories of my time as a college professor. I was in my office over the summer, reading through written comments from the back of my teaching evaluations (yes, we read those). While this was a large class with close to 100 students, one set of remarks in particular made me stop and think. The comment: I don't share this paraphrased student comment to toot my own horn. I'll admit, though, that I had a mixed reaction upon reading it. My university is a wonderful place. This week's effort at campus self-improvement is a "Say Hello" campaign launched by our new Office of Intercultural and Social Identities Programs. Don't confuse simple with unimportant, however. That's not just me (and student evaluations) talking—that's science. Saying hello has similar effects. Behavioral researchers have studied this tendency, too, right down to giving it a catchy name: . But these blinders also leave us less aware of what's happening around us.

HOW TO CHEAT AT EVERYTHING Over lunch with Simon Lovell, a fascinating former card shark, Allison Schrager learns all sorts of things about how swindlers operate ... Special to MORE INTELLIGENT LIFE "I can spot someone's weakness a mile away. In any room I can pick out the best target," says Simon Lovell, reformed con artist and famed magician, when asked over lunch about the root of his talents. "Take that woman over there." "Or that man over there, over-dressed, too neat, over-confident, thinks he is too smart to be taken." "But ultimately, anyone can be conned, if you have the balls to do it." Simon Lovell should know. Presently, instead of subjecting people to cons, Mr Lovell stars in a one-man off-Broadway show, "Strange and Unusual Hobbies". "I could sell shit at an anti-scat party," he says, "you have to figure out someone's wants and needs and convince them what you have will fill their emotional void." It requires avid study of psychology and body language. Con men tend to be excellent conversationalists.

List of common misconceptions From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia This incomplete list is not intended to be exhaustive. This list corrects erroneous beliefs that are currently widely held about notable topics. Each misconception and the corresponding facts have been discussed in published literature. Note that each entry is formatted as a correction; the misconceptions themselves are implied rather than stated. Arts and culture Food and cooking Roll-style Western sushi. Searing meat does not "seal in" moisture, and in fact may actually cause meat to lose moisture. Legislation and crime Literature The Harry Potter books, though they have broken children's book publishing records, have not led to an increase in reading among children or adults, nor slowed the ongoing overall decline in book purchases by Americans, and children who did read the Harry Potter books were not more likely to go on to read more outside of the fantasy and mystery genres.[21][22][23][24] Music Religion Hebrew Bible Buddhism Christianity Islam Sports

Seven Ways to Say “No” and Keep Good Relations o you have trouble saying “No”? Many women and men are traditionally taught to avoid saying “no”, especially when facing authority figures. Some of us are told from a young age that we’re not supposed to say “no” to our parents , relatives, teachers, bosses, and others. There may be cultural, gender , social, religious , or institutional pressure to conform and please. Often there’s a fear of rejection, a desire to avoid confrontation, or guilt over hurting others’ feelings. Of course, it’s important to say “no” when necessary, in order to protect our boundaries and maintain one’s own priorities. For example, if your friend asks to borrow your car, and you’re uncomfortable with the idea, you can either be direct and say “no”, or you can use any of the following, assertive yet diplomatic expressions to draw the line: " be the only one driving my car “ lend out my car.” “ lend out my car.” “ I keep my car for my own use.” “ , I’m not going to be able to lend you my car.”

Perfect Persuasive Messages Craft messages that change minds using these 20 principles of persuasion, all based on established psychological research. Perfection is hard to achieve in any walk of life and persuasion is no different. It relies on many things going just right at the crucial moment; the perfect synchronisation of source, message and audience. To bring you the current series on the psychology of persuasion I’ve been reading lots of research, much more than is covered in recent posts. Here are the most important points for crafting the perfect persuasive message, all of which have scientific evidence to back them up. Multiple, strong arguments: the more arguments, the more persuasive, but overall persuasive messages should be balanced, as two-sided arguments fare better than their one-sided equivalents (as long as counter-arguments are shot down).Relevance: persuasive messages should be personally relevant to the audience. Change minds Argument strength is also critical. Image credit: Maigh

Don't Panic!: Il flusso del silenzio, l'insistenza dell'oblio La percezione, l'acquisizione e la diffusione dell'Informazione sta cambiando questa società (vedi penetrazione e sempre maggiore dei new media: social network, blog, youtube ecc). Molti se ne erano già accorti (ma son rimasti spesso inascoltati) prima ma solo in quesi giorni sembra accorgersene il resto del mondo (soprattutto l'Italia). E tramite Punto Informatico son arrivato a questo scritto di William Gibson , autore di fantascienza, datato 2008 (maggio, Roma) ma terribilmente e profeticamente attuale. "È qualcosa che vorrei sottoporre all’attenzione di ogni uomo di stato, leader politico e dirigente d’azienda: il futuro, alla fine, vi porterà allo scoperto. Il flusso del silenzio, l’insistenza dell'oblio di William Gibson Grazie per avermi accolto in questa Roma del Ventunesimo secolo, un posto che non ho avuto il piacere di visitare prima d’ora, sebbene l’abbia visitato un tempo, nelle spoglie di un uomo più giovane, in una delle sue innumerevoli versioni precedenti. Grazie.