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30 seconds to more effective political conversation

Main point: Our gut tells us that any argument can be made more effectively with more logic and evidence. So we’re tempted to pile them up when we feel strongly.  Last night, I saw a demonstration of the value of … Continue reading

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The Inigo Montoya problem: I do not think it means what you think it means.

Main point: Words and phrases have different meanings for different people and as a result, our conversations will suffer if we assume both speaker and listener are thinking of the same thing even when they are using the same word. … Continue reading

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Snake-handling: An essential skill for democracy

Main point of this post:  Even when people disagree, they can have a collaborative conversation, which might improve understanding or even find some common ground. But you’ll occasionally encounter a conversation partner who is more interested in playing conversational power … Continue reading

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