In the Argument Clinic, a sketch from Monty Python’s Flying Circus, an absurdist comedy series, a man pays for a five-minute argument. The customer goes to a room where a man behind a desk hurls abuse at him. The customer interrupts saying he paid for a five-minute argument, and this is not an argument. The abuse hurler apologizes explaining this is Abuse, Argument is next door. Continue reading “The art of persuasion 2: How to argue”
George Orwell once wrote that a classical education would be impossible without corporal punishment. Maybe that’s why it isn’t taught in school today. A classical education was demanding. It included rhetoric: the art of effective speaking and writing.
“NOW HEAR THIS.” The U.S. Navy uses this phrase to command attention over a ship’s speaker system. Attention is the first order of business whether you’re giving a speech, writing a headline, or attempting to flag down that snooty waiter. Continue reading “Now hear this! Attention first”
Everyone needs to decide, yet deciding is no simple matter.
In Decisive: How to make better choices in life and work Chip and Dan Heath explain why the process of decision making is more effective than analysis. They then go on to show what a nuanced process looks like. In this short and popular book the authors have made a significant attempt to simplify complexity. Stories from businesses and personal life bring the concepts to life. Continue reading “Decisive”
The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the new world disorder constantly surprises us and what we can do about it, by Joshua Cooper Ramo
We may crave simple and easy-to-comprehend ideas but the world is complex. The Age of the Unthinkable relies on Chaos Theory for its perspective on a world where old ways of thinking no longer apply. Continue reading “Age of the Unthinkable”