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Re: Why result to insults instead of reasoned arguements? Was: The wisdom of the object mentors

From: Marshall <marshall.spight_at_gmail.com>
Date: 3 Jun 2006 14:58:06 -0700
Message-ID: <1149371886.781947.145660@y43g2000cwc.googlegroups.com>


Laurent Bossavit wrote:
>
> The effectiveness of the argument as a vehicle for convincing others,
> however, is very much dependent on whether it conforms to the norms of
> socially acceptable discourse.
>
> When you insult people, you actively discourage them from listening to
> you. Worse, you discourage anyone else who's listening in - and who may
> have started out inclined to listen to you.

These are interesting hypotheses. Are they true, I wonder? How could we find out if they are true or not?

Marshall Received on Sat Jun 03 2006 - 16:58:06 CDT

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