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Same here, but  I am not sure if there is a name from rhetoric (other than a derogatory one) for the 'arguments' I often get involved in: they are usually creative brainstorms whose kinetic force is in the direction of the outlandish. In other words the 'debaters' run with ideas, building on each others crazier ideas until a point of total impracticality is reached. Then take one or two steps back from that point and there's your concept ;-)

But that's marketing communications...

As I have noted before, I am fascinated by a First Nation notion of debate in which 12 elders sat in a circle. Depending upon their position in the 'compass', they had to argue from the point of view of their position in the compass, not from their own view. Also one could only talk when in possession of the 'talking stick' which was passed around. These positions represented different polar aspects of tribal life and decision-making. For example, the person at North position would argue from the tribal view, opposite would be a person who would argue from a view from outside the tribe etc.

I've never tried it, and I assume that it wouldn't work in our culture, because most people wouldn't be able to get their heads around the idea of arguing another point of view. And it is not the same as playing Devil's Advocate.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Dec 4th, 2008 at 08:11:10 AM EST
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