How to Persuade Me

Unlike far too many people I can, in fact, be persuaded. I am not absolutely set in my views. I respond to my experiences, new developments, things I learn.

I’m not easily browbeaten but I can be persuaded.

Passion doesn’t impress me a great deal. Evidence does.

It doesn’t actually happen too frequently, largely because people aren’t willing to take the time to convince, preferring to shame, intimidate, or pontificate. I actually wish it happened more frequently.

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  • PD Shaw

    I saw Andy persuade someone once. It was kind of neat. I’m not sure I ever really try. I sometimes try to persuade people that another p.o.v. isn’t crazy, even if its not my own.

  • Andy

    It happens pretty rarely for me – PD must have caught one of the handful over the years. Usually the best I can do is shut someone up – they are just unable to come up with a coherent defense.

    I imagine myself as Dave describes in his post, but I sometimes catch myself clinging to arguments long past their prime. I’ve read a lot of cognitive psychology, and the consensus is that cognitive patterns are very difficult to break once they are established. I like to think that I’m much more persuadable than most, but self assessment of that is extremely difficult.

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