my sister wonders whether there are enough venues to argue in out there. Yes, you heard right… her suggestion is that we have meaningless yelling matches and congratulatory jerkfests but not a whole lot of actual introspectively deep debating arenas.

She refers to a conference I recently attended as an example of a possible source of good conversation. One thing I remember Dan Dennett specifically giving a little spiel about was constructive discussion, but it seemed at the time a little self-congratulatory, as if perhaps it were really just a way to “all just get along”. I guess the difficulty is that if someone has spent decades studying something, it’s a bit naive to imagine you’re presenting brand new interpretations to them, and there may not always be time in person to clarify to one another why you disagree. That’s what books are for – and correspondences.

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  1. Dennis Osborne Says:

    Perhaps your sister should look into the beatnik era. I believe they were looking to develop conversations outside of the usual thought paradigms. She should consider starting a coffee shop club where anything spoken that another may accuse, “I heard that before on television or talk radio,” costs you a point.

  2. Dennis Osborne Says:

    Perhaps your sister should look into the beatnik era. I believe they were looking to develop conversations outside of the usual thought paradigms. She should consider starting a coffee shop club where anything spoken that another may accuse, “I heard that before on television or talk radio,” costs you a point.

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