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In Praise of the Clash of Cultures

From The New York Times,  Carlos Fraenkel‘s  plea for civil debate:

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!

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A debate over book blurbs

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.

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Reason Seen More as Weapon Than Path to Truth

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.

Good point.

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…

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