Me in brief:
- I coach people in clearing anger, bitterness & other negative emotions. I'm keen to be evidence-based about this, but in this field, evidence is often fuzzy, and experience is an important guide.
- I've worked in sustainability knowledge-sharing.
- I know about wikis, and help run Appropedia, the sustainability wiki.
A communication sequence
(Work in progress. Suggestions appreciated.)
What's happening in your reasoning brain:
- Arguments as soldiers (in brief)
- Politics is the Mind-Killer – "Politics is an important domain to which we should individually apply our rationality—but it's a terrible domain in which to learn rationality, or discuss rationality, unless all the discussants are already rational." & "it doesn't matter whether (you think) the [specific political party] really is at fault. It's just better for the spiritual growth of the community to discuss the issue without invoking color politics."
- Policy Debates Should Not Appear One-Sided – "Two primary drivers of policy-one-sidedness are the affect heuristic and the just-world fallacy."
- Social aspects of communication (or is that a tautology?):
- Reasoning isn't about logic (it's about arguing)
- Correspondence Bias (also known as the fundamental attribution error) in brief on the wiki)
Emotion and making sense:
- Politics is the Mind-Killer
- Policy Debates Should Not Appear One-Sided (discusses arguments as soldiers)
- Philosophical Landmines
Understanding and being understood:
- Philosophical Landmines – "If something you say makes people go off on a spiral of bad philosophy, don't get annoyed with them, just fix what you say. This is just being a communications consequentialist."
- Responding to a landmine explosion: It may be best to "abort the conversation." Alternatively, a commenter suggests, "stop taking sides and talk about the plus and minuses of each side."
- Inferential distance:
- Off-LW: Be a Communications Consequentialist, Jesse Galef.
Biases, heuristics and fallacies that affect communication:
- Illusion of transparency
- Generalizing From One Example (the Typical mind fallacy)
- The Halo Effect – "You should be suspicious if the people you know seem to separate too cleanly into devils and angels."
- In brief:
- Better Disagreement (in brief on the wiki: Steel man)
- wikipedia: Principle of charity. Related: Unpopular ideas attract poor advocates: Be charitable
- Off-LW: wikipedia: Ideological Turing Test. First described(?) at http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2011/06/the_ideological.html by Bryan Caplan. (As Mill states, "He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that.") Also see: Noahpinion: Against the Ideological Turing Test. Related: Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Argument
- Better Disagreement
- Dangers of steelmanning / principle of charity
- The noncentral fallacy - the worst argument in the world? (e.g. "Martin Luther King was a criminal!")
Online communication (for further exploration)
- Text-based communication
- Dealing with trolls
Dealing with negative emotions