On persuasion

I used to think that rhetoric never convinced anyone of anything. Cold, hard, evidence, sometimes, but never rhetoric. (So why do I have a blog? Shut up.[1])

Now I’m wondering if that’s oddly backwards. If maybe one can’t help but convince people of things whenever you open your mouth…just never what you set out to convince them of.

[1]”Please listen to me” is on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, right?


1 comment so far

  1. Leslie Rosenblood on

    Rhetoric has swayed far more people than evidence. Two examples (I could list many more) that are prominent even today: religion and politics. Neither is evidence based.

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