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Transforming the Art of Conversation

Argues for recognition of conversing as the transformative science of development


Living in a World of Probable Untruth
References

Issues

Contradictory truth claims

  • to have the truth
  • science
  • religion
  • politics
  • activist
  • conspiracy theorists
  • 9/11 official
  • expectation that authority will establish the unquestionability of truth
  • consensus

Questionable credibility of leadership

  • morality
  • claims to morality and being upstanding
  • Gaddafi
  • Pope
  • President of Israel, etc
  • DSK
  • Leadership competence and independence
    • senility of leaders
    • secret government
    • secret societies

Probability of truth in public discourse

  • what percentage
  • ads
  • political

Spurious arguments -- as one would expect / predictable

  • vital values
  • security threats / security justifications
  • false flag
  • science advance of human knowledge
  • pharma
  • political assessment of opposition
  • religious assessment of opposition
  • all blacks vs Porto alegre
  • for the good of the population
  • to avoid panic
  • ring fencing
    • defence
    • Bxl/Strasbourg

Uncritical responses / audience / confused

  • exploitation
  • uncertainty
  • fool all the people all the time -- paper
  • dumbing down
  • organized -- complementary to education

Impossibility of recognizing perversion or suppression of truth?

  • how would one know / how would who know / who is mandated to care:
  • censorship -- index

Relative cost of truth and its perversion

  • not whether or not it is true,
  • but rather the cost of ensuring the pretence of truth
  • and the cost of ensuring that this was not done
  • no capacity to prove the contrary
  • cost does not need to be financial -- can be kneecapping; kidnapping, etc
  • guilty until proven innocent -- power to do so

Challenging possibilities

  • ETs
  • asteroid
  • cancerogenic effects
  • hidden agendas
  • bent politicians, police, justice
  • secret prisons
  • cash for questions
  • EUROSTAT

Case studies / contested discourse / controversy

  • Wikileaks
  • financial crisis -- Greece, subprime
  • climate change
  • overpopulation -- longages
  • 9/11 truthers
  • quasicrystals, etc
  • scientific fraud
  • euthanasia
  • prolife
  • pro GM
  • Oerestes doubt
  • Afghanistan -- wedding parties, woodcutting
  • Wikileaks
  • parliamentary discourse
    • 50% truth/untruth
  • Domains
    • infrastructure safety -- bridges, etc
    • excessive safety -- nuts

Framing discussion to preclude questions from which remedies could emerge

  • education
  • employment
  • Whig assumptions
  • historical revisionism
  • STASI
  • overpopulation
  • paper
  • issue suppression
  • issue reframing
  • packing committees
  • US supreme court

Avoidance of meta-discourse

  • sensemaking -- KMI
  • simulation of euro crisis, etc
  • contested discourse
  • conversity
  • avoidance of questioning -- boat rocking
  • gerrymandering

Living in uncertainty

  • paper
  • unexpected
  • liminal
  • unknown

papers:

  • crying wolf
  • unsaid
  • ignoring alternatives
  • religion / terror
  • none dares name
  • spurious arguments
  • uncertainty
  • bridge