Thursday, November 24, 2016
#329 / Uncertainty Persuades
The image above pretty much conveys how we encounter "uncertainty." With every step, we face that Robert Frost dilemma.
The article from which I snagged the photo, published in Scientific American online, was titled, "The Upside of Uncertainty." The point of the article is that when making an argument, it is sometimes more persuasive to admit some uncertainty, instead of being ABSOLUTELY POSITIVE about the position for which you advocate.
Why would that be?
Well, our lives are, at every step, very uncertain, indeed.
Therefore, acknowledging the uncertainties we face comes across as "honest."
For those engaged in political debate, that's a lesson worth learning!