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The Direction of the Conversation


Most people do not study enough philosophy to realize that it is about something real.  Most people don’t learn to debate well enough to learn that if it can’t be argued rationally it is crap.  Most people don’t learn the logical fallacies or the cognitive biases.  Conversations have a direction.  The conversation is either moving towards reason in a rational direction or one party is arguing against reason, arguing for vagueness, making emotional appeals.  You are either reasoning or rationalizing.  You are either talking about something real, good, true and useful or you are trying to make a turd smell like a flower, which is it?  Be honest with yourself.

It is out of necessity that great philosophers had to pre-empt conversation.  They only want rational conversation.  Don’t waste my time with your horse shit.  You can’t prove anything using irrational means.  That is what praxis is.  You can only prove something using rational means, that is why we have due process.  If you don’t communicate correctly you don’t think correctly and you don’t act correctly.  So the reason that you aren’t communicating correctly is because you are engaged in strategic behavior to make unreason appear to be reasonable.



A phrase coined by Joxua/Shivah to describe irrational communication used to control or manipulate the flow of conversation.

Conversation blocking- a form of strategic communication designed to stop a conversation or to prevent a topic from being discussed

Conversation dropping- a form of strategic communication designed to prevent a person from acknowledging their wrong or from participating in a conversation that is going a direction they don’t want to follow.

Communicating understanding- from shared state theory of communication meaning to communicate accurately your perspective on a subject based on understanding the topic, thinking before you speak, accounting for how it will be interpreted by the listener, listening to yourself as you speak and observing pragmatically the persons understanding of what you said and their application of it.  Associated with Socratic dialectic.