Re: virus: I have returned

Nathaniel Hall (
Tue, 07 Oct 1997 23:42:52 -0600

Richard Brodie wrote:

> On Monday, October 6, 1997 11:26 PM, Nathaniel Hall
> [] wrote:
> > Richard Brodie wrote:
> >
> > > Interesting example. Did you forget that Rushdie's book itself is an
> example of using something other than reason to deal with others?
> >
> > I've only read part of it. I noticed at the time I was reading it no
> force was applied upon my body.
> Wow! I expected better. This is the heart of your argument, and I've
> pierced it like a hot steel rod. Of course we're talking about the use of
> words to persuade in a fashion other than logical argument (which is an
> extremely ineffective means).

Give me a break! I dealt with the emotional appeal part of it too.( See below)

> Everyone participating in this thread should
> have read INFLUENCE by Robert Cialdini.

Never even heard of the fellow. Pretend I don't exist.

> ( I didn't finish reading it because
> > I found it silly and boring , but the part about the city built with
> sand that poked fun at Mecca I found amusing ) One can certainly
> > appeal to someone's emotions rather than their mind. It certainly worked
> for Bill Clinton. A prime example of why logic rather than
> > feelings should guide peoples choices.
> "Should"? "SHOULD"? I'm more interested in what DOES guide people's choices
> than what SHOULD!

Ultimately it is ones philosophy of life , explicit or implicit ,which guides
one's choices. Which is why philosophy is the most important subject a person
can learn!The Nateman