Read an essay versus a bar conversation

The adversarial format, the discussion with arguments, in most complex issues is a waste of time. Because being such wired topics, the statements should be accompanied by books, diagrams, diagrams, statistics, records, etc.

If in a bar conversation the one convinces the other, then, he probably will have achieved it because the other lacks grounded knowledge on the subject of gloss, or because there are no very strong cognitive biases that lean him toward the opposite position. On the contrary, between two people rich in knowledge, real-time discussion is fruitless.

People love to argue in bars, affirm, ponder, disagree, throw soflamas. But in real time we are not able to make use of subtleties and confront them properly. When we are having coffee with someone, we only use the data that comes to our mind at that time.

First of all because a bar conversation lasts a few hours, sometimes minutes. Secondly, because it is difficult to be precise and coherent if we expose a complex subject of memory, and if, in addition, we have someone who asks us questions or questions.

The book-shaped alternative

Another way to discuss a complex issue is to read an essay about it. One of those essays of one hundred or two hundred pages in which the statements are supported by bibliography that we can consult. As we read we can take notes, write reflections that we will mature later.

Reading an essay is not a panacea. I have discovered myself wielding an opinion when reading an essay, and wielding the opposite when reading another different essay. But, by the way, I have enriched both positions.

Be that as it may, certain books are still quintessential and synthetic constructs of the excellence of the author's brain. So when we read the author, we don't have coffee with the author, but with the part of his mind that is better furnished and tidy. With the author at its best.

For this reason, we take this entry on the discussion of complex issues to recommend three recent readings that are against the optimistic tone that we always show about technology. They are books that have ample bibliography and that, although they affirm things that collide us, they are undoubtedly well argued and can give us thinking. Much more than any bar conversation:

-The madness of technological solutionism, from Evgeny Morozov.

-Sinister Techno, from Thomas P. Keenan.

-Surface, from Nicholas Carr.

Video: Improve Your Writing - 6 ways to compare (February 2020).