rational friday finds

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.

“Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak.” —John Adams (second President of the United States of America)

“I used to think the 21st century’s biggest problem was too much information about other people. Now I think it may be too little empathy.”@cstross

“Do not debate fascists. Their goal is not to win, it’s to shift the Overton Window of acceptable discourse.”@JasonLouv

“Call it the clash of globalizations: the paranoid dehumanization of its losers vs the technological dehumanization of its winners.” & “Provincial masculinity is crumbling under the cultural and economic blows of globalization. Nationalism is its natural tool to strike back.” —@gpetriglieri

“Facebook + Twitter cannot take credit for changing the world during events like the Egyptian Uprising, then downplay their influence on elections”@karenkho

What’s the evidence on using rational argument to change people’s minds? via @counternotions

“Are we a rational animal, or as Robert Heinlein said, merely a rationalising one? Sure, there’s no shortage of evidence that our intuitions, emotions, prejudices and motivations can push reason around. Good luck to you if you want to use only argument to persuade – unless you’ve got people who already like you or trust you (ideally both) you’re going to have a hard time, but amidst the storm and shouting of psychological factors, reason has a quiet power. People do change each other’s minds, and if you can demonstrate the truth of your point of view, or help someone come to realise the short-comings of theirs, maybe you can shift them along. But beware Singer’s warning – logic has its own dynamic. If you open yourself to sincerely engage in argument then it is as likely that your interlocutor will persuade you as the other way around, after all, none of us has sole claim on what it means to be rational.”

Hierarchy: by Valdis Krebs

Hierarchy: by Valdis Krebs

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