Monday, September 04, 2017

The 10 Commandments of Rational Debate

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover
– Mark Twain.

Why Some Like It Hot is the greatest comedy ever made BBC

Orwell, Kafka, Imrich The Story Rational Language

Author Malcolm Gladwell has an established reputation as a rare public intellectual who can actually sway peoples' minds.

Perhaps most famously, the first chapter of his 2008 book "Outsiders" presented evidence suggesting parents were better off delaying their kids' entrance into kindergarten.

While that finding has of course been disputed over the years, it continues to reverberate as far as the suburbs of Sydney, where parents still quote Gladwell's work when deciding to opt to hold back their child an extra year.

From a studio in New York, he reflects on how it feels to have had such a concrete impact on the lives of potentially millions of people.

"I suppose on one level I am flattered," Gladwell tells The Australian Financial Review. "I like hearing stories about how people have made use of what I've written."

"I also feel you can't get too wrapped up in that. When you write something you hand it over to the public and it's theirs; you can't predict how it's going to be used and you can't get enthused when it's used in a certain way, or too disconsolate when its used in a way that doesn't make you happy."

Gladwell is fresh off the release of the second series of his "Revisionist History" podcast series, in which he tackles topics as broad as the tax rorts enjoyed by golf clubs, to revisiting a classic moment in the civil rights struggle in the United States, to the Winston Churchill's disastrous legacy in India. Each time he challenges his listeners to rethink what they thought they knew Malcolm Gladwell on how we should celebrate flip-floppers |

How Individuality Gets Subsumed Into Mobs

Bear and Latitude Pit: "In Group Psychology, Freud asks why crowds make a ‘barbarian’ of the ‘cultivated individual’. Why are the inhibitions enforced by social life so readily overwhelmed by all that is ‘cruel, brutal and destructive’ when we join together with others? And why does the crowd need a strong leader, a hero to whom it willingly submits? The crowd – which is, after all, just an evanescent massing of humanity, a gathering that will quickly disperse once its task is finished – is oddly ‘obedient to authority’. It might appear anarchic, but at bottom it’s conservative and tradition-bound." …[Read More]

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The 10 Commandments of Rational Debate [logical fallacies explained]

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