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Same here also.

I actually remember ending conversations quite embarrassed.

But not anymore. When I engage conversation I now know that I am not the owner of the truth. Many times I engage conversation precisely to have ideas challenged.

And I think I am far from being alone (although in my personal case I am very conscious about the process).

The idea of having an argument to win should be challenged. Although sometimes there is a need to enter to win, most times it could be seen as a way for mutual progress: One discusses to exchange viewpoints with the other and maybe (or maybe not) change a little bit our own view of the world (or at least be aware of weaknesses in our own reasoning that need to be addressed)...

by t-------------- on Thu Dec 4th, 2008 at 01:05:02 PM EST
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perhaps there's a way to present arguments unargumentatively...

very interesting discussion, ta, rg for getting this snowball rolling!

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Dec 4th, 2008 at 10:11:14 PM EST
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