The Paraphrase Challenge: How to understand what your opponent is saying


Earlier today, John Zande clued me into an awesome science fiction novella by David Brin called ‘Stones of Significance‘, which I highly recommend to anyone interested in AI, post-singularity fiction, and the nature of reality.

By coincidence, the author, David Brin, tweeted this video earlier which, given the epic online fights that have happened recently, should be watched by many people.  There’s a good amount of wisdom here.

It’s a bit ironic that he posted this on Twitter, not exactly a forum conducive to these techniques, but still an effective one for getting a message out.

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~ by Sable Aradia on October 9, 2014.

2 Responses to “The Paraphrase Challenge: How to understand what your opponent is saying”

  1. Great video. When I facilitate meetings in our cohousing community, this is definitely one if my go-to techniques. Generally there’s a lot more common ground than people initially think. And once the specific difference in opinion or point of view is pinpointed, live and let live is that much easier to achieve.

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