Weapon of Mass Persuasion: Course 1
Robin Koerner offers his insights in his first course on political persuasion.
Find more at https://weaponsofmasspersuasion.com/
Thomas Kuhn and the Structure of Scientific Revolutions
The idea of the "paradigm"
Paradigms determine perceptions as well as interpretations.
Paradigms consist of concepts and relationships.
Paradigms are associated with a unique vocabulary, which carries those concepts.
But the same word can have different meanings in different paradigms
- (e.g. mass in Newtonian physics vs. Einstein's physics or justice in politics).
Paradigms determine how you conceive as well as how you understand.
Accompanying reading: https://apnews.com/
All reasoning is motivated.
We are wired to see the world in ways that reinforce our current paradigms.
Example from the media: "Iran Test Fires Missile Can Reach Israel"
Media reflect prevailing paradigm more than they reflect "ground truth".