Noyau (2)

…the noyau, an animal society held together by mutual animosity rather than co-operation

Robert Ardrey, The Territorial Imperative.

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  1. Alan FoxAlan Fox Post author

    keiths:
    Alan,

    The fact that you woke up with a hard-on is no reason for me to run around collecting evidence for you.

    Why not take a cold shower, go back to bed, and give the day a new start?

    This is a typical example.

  2. keithskeiths

    Alan:

    Sure. On the other hand, if you intend to persuade someone on a point of disagreement, mocking them is likely to prove counter-productive. This has long been my issue with Keiths’ posting style.

    Alan,

    If I were looking for advice on persuasion, I’d ask someone who was good at it.

    If you genuinely wanted to make TSZ a better place, you’d address your own problems — the immaturity, the lying, the refusal to admit mistakes, the abuse of moderator privileges — instead of chastising others for mockery, which when done properly is an entirely appropriate way of criticizing others’ views and highlighting their flaws.

  3. waltowalto

    Tom English: Tom English: the greatest defect of keiths-bot

    walto: Hunh. I’ve got that down at five or six.
    I was referring to its greatest defect in simulating a human, not the greatest defect of the simulated human.

    Aha. I see. I missed that distinction.

  4. waltowalto

    Derek Walcott, RIP

    LOVE AFTER LOVE

    The time will come
    when, with elation
    you will greet yourself arriving
    at your own door, in your own mirror
    and each will smile at the other’s welcome,

    and say, sit here. Eat.
    You will love again the stranger who was your self.
    Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
    to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

    all your life, whom you ignored
    for another, who knows you by heart.
    Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

    the photographs, the desperate notes,
    peel your own image from the mirror.
    Sit. Feast on your life.

  5. MungMung

    Alan Fox: On the other hand, if you intend to persuade someone on a point of disagreement, mocking them is likely to prove counter-productive.

    It’s a sure sign of a closed mind.

  6. PatrickPatrick

    Mung:

    Alan Fox: On the other hand, if you intend to persuade someone on a point of disagreement, mocking them is likely to prove counter-productive.

    It’s a sure sign of a closed mind.

    It can also be a response to a closed mind. Some people have earned nothing more than mockery. While it’s not going to change minds, it’s a way of pointing out that reason doesn’t work with some people.

    Mockery can be beneficial. Most people don’t like to be mocked, so they’ll avoid behaviors that lead to that response. Your good self excepted, of course.

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