When we transform the disagreements arising from diversity into a culture of debate, they cease to be a threat to social peace.
Good luck with that!
From The New York Times, a debate on the use of the book blurb, including Stephen King, who said,
The idea that a writer can bring his core audience into the tent with a blurb … you might as well try herding cats.
Check out the debate. As for me, I used them on Waiting for Zoë and would do so again.
Update: Frank Wilson says this is dumb and offers this thought:
Try this thought on for size: Reason serves more than one purpose, can be used correctly or incorrectly, even misused. Ever notice you can do a lot of different things with your hands. Well, you can do a lot of different things with reason, too, some useful, some not.
From The New York Times:
For centuries thinkers have assumed that the uniquely human capacity for reasoning has existed to let people reach beyond mere perception and reflex in the search for truth. Rationality allowed a solitary thinker to blaze a path to philosophical, moral and scientific enlightenment.
Now some researchers are suggesting that reason evolved for a completely different purpose: to win arguments…