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  •  Nice one. OK fellow progs, we can do this! (5+ / 0-)

    To operationalize that in straightforward steps:

    1)  Arguing from a resting place:

    a)  Listen closely for the key words your opponent uses, words that have strong emotional connotations for them.

    b)  Notice the emotions that are in play with those words, and find a way to associate those emotions back to your own arguement.  

    c)  Create a new emotional narrative using those keywords, where the "moral of the story" is the point you're trying to make.

    d)  Where I would differ with Sagesource's rendition of Zhuangzi is:  the goal is not to persuade your opponent that s/he's wrong or that you're right.  The goal is to persuade your opponent to change their outlook and behavior.  They should be able to hang on to the feeling that "they're right" even while changing their outlook and behavior.  

    2)  Arguement from authority:

    a)  Find out who your opponent regards as authority.

    b)  Try to get this down to a point of origin: for example not Rush Limbaugh, but Adam Smith; not their megachurch pastor but Jesus.  

    c)  If you know what Adam Smith actually wrote and what Jesus is reported in scripture to have said, you're fully equipped to argue that your opponent has been missing important parts of what their final authorities had to say.  

    d)  Therefore, "If you really believe in (whatever-it-is), you can't just be a lazy-bones about it, you have to take the difficult parts along with the easy parts."   Nobody wants to be a lazy-bones, so they will be motivated to stand up for the "difficult parts."  

    "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

    by G2geek on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 08:22:59 PM PDT

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