How to Criticize with Kindness: Philosopher Daniel Dennett on the Four Steps to Arguing Intelligently By Maria Popova “In disputes upon moral or scientific points,” Arthur Martine counseled in his magnificent 1866 guide to the art of conversation, “let your aim be to come at truth, not to conquer your opponent. So you never shall be at a loss in losing the argument, and gaining a new discovery.”
Asking a question is probably better than making a statement for influencing behaviour. The “question-behaviour effect” can help motivate you. “Will you exercise this year?” Just being asked that question could be enough to change your behaviour. That’s the result of a survey of 40 years of research in this area. “The ten most important ways of manipulating the public, as catalogued by Noam Chomsky” [SEE ALSO “Noam Chomsky, a fearless critic of the wealthy elite that governs the United States, has compiled a list of the ten most common strategies for using the media to manipulate the people of America. In the past our communications media have created or destroyed social movements, justified wars, tempered financial crises, and encouraged or destroyed some other ideological currents.
Protesters take to the streets of 100+ European cities From Athens to Paris, tens of thousands of Europeans heed the online call for a #europeanrevolution. An online call for a European Revolution was heeded en masse today as over 100 cities throughout the continent witnessed tens (if not hundreds) of thousands ‘indignants‘ mobilizing to demand real democracy now. Thousands gathered in Madrid for a peaceful assembly on the 15th straight day of protests and occupations there, belying the false idea of skeptics that the Spanish protest movement would fizzle out in due course. Madrid: thousands gathered for a general assembly on the Puerta del Sol for the 15th straight day of protests in Spain. At the same time, the people of Greece took to the street for the fifth consecutive day, eclipsing previous protests with “tens of thousands” of people in Syntagma square alone (see live stream). Athens: tens of thousands of people protest in front of Parliament for the fifth straight day of protests in Greece..
Planet X and 2012: The Pole Shift (Magnetic) Explained and Debunked « Exposing PseudoAstronomy Introduction Continuing my series on Planet X and 2012, one of the main claims of what will actually happen is termed a “Pole Shift.” Sounds scary, huh? The Earth’s pole(s) … shifting!?
Intellectually-honest and intellectually-dishonest debate tactics – John T. Reed Copyright by John T. Reed This Web site is, in part, a debate between me and others with whom I take various issues. I welcome intellectually-honest debate. It is one of my favorite ways to test my theories and learn.
12 Questions To Measure Your Inherent Need For Drama Dramatic people love to gossip, stir up trouble and they constantly think they are victims. People who enjoy getting others riled up and who can’t hold their opinion back have a high need for drama, new research finds. Other aspects of a ‘need for drama’ include saying things just to see how others react and feeling like a victim all the time. Italy's Luxury Companies Step Up to Restore Monuments It would be hard to imagine a bigger confluence of luxe brands assembling to help preserve Italy’s cultural treasures. First there was the fashion house Fendi, personified for the occasion by its creative director, Karl Lagerfeld, dressed in a high-collared shirt, dark glasses, and fingerless lace gloves. Then there was the city of Rome, represented not so much by its mayor—though he too was in attendance at the Jan. 28 ceremony—as by one of its most famous symbols: the 17th century Trevi Fountain, featuring horn-blowing mermen, heaving hippocampi, and the water god Oceanus astride a seashell chariot.