Erisology: The Science of Arguing About Everything – The Atlantic

Discourse or discord? How one becomes the other and why that happens is the substance of this piece.

In talking about this article I dredged up memories if things I hadn’t thought of in 40+ years. Like recognizing one of the common bugaboos of not defining terms the same way leading to people misinterpreting the other side’s message. I remember running into this again and again. And also the experience of being looked at as some kind of noodge for insisting terms be clearly defined before discussion proceeds further.

It also affirms that my thoughts and changing posture on ‘social networking’ aren’t mine alone.

Generally I find that whenever I stop to read a piece from The Atlantic I never come away feeling that my time was wasted or I was treated as some dumb, naive, easy-to-persuade mark. I can’t say that about many publications

By xamble

Most things I do involve computers. Nowadays that sounds stupid to hear because everyone uses computers. Except I was saying that before the IBM PC came on the scene. (hint: my first programs were entered on punch cards in an IBM-29)
Now I mostly use them.
Mostly to provide a community service in my small town. Because I could when it was asked and still can.
And I'm a wannabe writer. Various books in various states of incompleteness. A few short stories. Might do more of that.

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