TOTW: The Mechanics of Conversation
How can we have good conversations? Discourse can be challenging, even while talking with an agreeable audience who share an intellectual lineage. But, what makes a good conversation turn bad, or worse, boring?
There is a centuries old history of conversation, but while there is much written about anarchist manners--prescribed principles and actions and those to avoid--there is little content regarding the mechanics of conversation from an anarchist perspective.
Specialization has made conversation a chore. It can take many lengthy conversations to define terms with someone we share context with, and even more when we converse across disciplines. While some see the efforts that conversations take as worthwhile, others choose isolation.
Is conversation the foundation of our culture? If it is, then the value of practice seems evident. But, how can we avoid the traps consistent with bad discourse?
There may be cognitive biases, fallacies, and rhetorical devices that can make discourse manipulative rather than informative or useful, and our ability to identify the mechanics at play can make the difference between an enjoyable or a regrettable conversation.
What are the mechanics of good conversation and what expectations seem reasonable?
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