Re: Communication and Conversion, WAS:[Re: SOC/AG-BIO: AgBio Industry Beginning to Wake Up]

From: Lee Daniel Crocker (
Date: Thu Jul 20 2000 - 20:51:18 MDT

> Does calling someone a luddite (whether it is true or not) increase or
> decrease the probability of converting them to a "better" mode of
> thought? I'd be interested in hearing everyone's take on this, not just
> Mike's.

Since when is converting your opponent to your point of view the
only (or even primary) purpose of an argument? On a public mailing
list like this I can think of many other goals: converting the
audience, clarifying the issues, learning about the opponent,
measuring response to ideas, making social connections, and probably
a few I haven't thought of.

Lee Daniel Crocker <> <>
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