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https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Nov08Post.mp4 Metaphors are very helpful, and they are also very dangerous. They are helpful as they ease the transmission of ideas from brain to brain. They facilitate communication. They don't need to be accurate. So long as everybody has an internal idea of what they mean. We all have plenty of shared experiences. But these shared experiences are very hard to articulate. For example, say you see a cute girl across the room. You start walking over, but then you lose your nerve. So you slightly shift your trajectory and walk somewhere else. All the while pretending that was your initial plan. You do this so nobody will know, except you and your buddies, that you chickened out at the last minute. This is a very common experience. So when you came back, and face your friends, EVERYBODY knows what's up. They ask, "Why did you abort?" You answer, "Just wasn't feeling it." They know what you mean. You know what you mean. But supposed you were hosting an exchange student from another planet. A creature that was like Spock. Pure logic. He wouldn't understand why you used the term "abort." He would have no clue what it means to say, "not feeling it." Between humans, these two simple phrases, "abort" and "not feeling it" convey a TON of information. But to a Vulcan, they would be meaningless. This is how metaphors work to convey a TON of information, utterly rich in emotional complexity, with only a few phrases. However, when we argue, metaphors are the LAST thing we need. Because metaphors used to argue tend to completely miss the point. When having a verbal confrontation, often metaphors get in the way. They make very simple arguments SOUND complex. But if you pay close attention, the metaphors are REALLY saying some very, very simple ideas. Your idea is stupid. No, your idea is stupid. You are stupid! No, YOU are stupid!! If you pay close attention to any disagreement, especially online, this is basically the structure. Even worse is when you have a bunch of people on either side of the argument. Because the colorfully metaphorical statement of "you are stupid" means a great deal to one side. Just like "abort" and "not feeling" it means a great deal. The trick is to train yourself to look beneath the metaphors. To FORCE the other person to present their case in NON metaphorical terms. Because when they do that, they will be forced to admit their ENTIRE argument is of the form, "you" or "your idea" is stupid. Once you get them to admit that, it's very easy to crush their position. Just keep asking them why they think that. Since nearly ALL arguments are based on emotions, and NOT logic, this is an easy way to WIN every single argument. With anybody. Learn How: https://www.udemy.com/course/verbal-assassin/
Some things you can learn relatively quickly. These are things with more of a binary level of skill. You can either do them, or you can't. These are things like driving, tying your shoes, making a sandwich, etc. Some skills have no upper limit. For most of us, learning how to cook is a binary thing. Once you learn how, you stop worrying about it. Sure, you might pick up a few new skills, learn a few new recipes, but for most of us, once you learn to cook, we don't normally think of practicing our cooking skills on the weekend. If you were a master chef, on the other hand, you would. Or if cooking was a hobby, you would be always wanting to learn more. Some skills are like this. Kind of in the middle. You COULD learn more if you wanted to. But for most of us, once we learn a basic level, we're good. Most of us aren't professional racecar drivers, so we figure once we learn to drive, we think of DOING rather than improving. Some skills are either hobbies or professional skills. You could take up painting as a hobby, continue to learn the rest of your life, and never really consider yourself a professional artist. But there are other skills that are more like META skills. The better you get at these, the better you will do everywhere else. For example, being able to manage your finances effectively is a meta skill. Part of having a robust set of financial skills is understanding various investments. Even if you NEVER considered managing other people's money, you could spend a couple hours a week learning about investments and never run out stuff to learn. It's pretty clear that doing this would benefit you. Another skill that most don't even THINK of as a skill is speaking. Speaking is one of those things we don't even think about. We just figure out how to do it. Rarely do we take time to think about what we are going to say. Giving a speech, asking for a raise, asking out girl, etc. These are considered RARE events in our lives. Most of the time, we have some random thoughts and try and use poorly chosen words to describe them. But once you start to PRACTICE your speaking skills, you'll also be practicing something else. Your thinking skills. You can't really practice speaking without practicing thinking. And if you make a point to practice THESE two things, you'll gain IMMENSE power in nearly every area of your life. Unless you plan on becoming a professional mime, or any kind behind the scenes job, how you SPEAK will be an indication of how you THINK. Do both of those well, and you can build any life you want. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/verbal-assassin/
Socrates is one of the most famous dudes who ever lived. But he's also kind of curious. For one, he never wrote anything. All we know about Socrates comes from Plato. Plato wrote conversations between him and Socrates. So everything we know about Socrates has been filtered through Plato's brain. Most suspect that Plato's early writings were pretty close to Socrates' thoughts. But as Plato become more of a philosopher on his own, he shifted to his own angle. Another reason Socrates is interesting is he was put to death by the authorities. Forced to drink hemlock. The charge was that he was corrupting the youth. But the reasons why he was put to death are the most curious. See, he didn't have any specific IDEAS the government thought were dangerous. In fact, he didn't have ANY ideas. His fame came from NOT KNOWING. Not only did he proudly boast that he didn't know ANYTHING, but his unique skill was in proving that NOBODY ELSE knew anything. Apparently the goofs in charge don't like that. It seems they had a bunch of, what they thought were, legitimate reasons for being in charge. If Socrates and the college kids he was corrupting could pull back the curtain, so to speak, that would show EVERYBODY what was really what. That wouldn't be allowed, so they killed him. A few hundred years later, a famous Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius said pretty much the same thing. "All is opinion," was something he said. Meaning that NOTHING is true. Everything that we humans THINK is true is a subjective OPINION. This means that every single statement that comes out of somebody's mouth is an opinion. Every idea we have is something that is not true. Sure, we each have our "own" truth, but the idea of "absolute truth" really only belongs in a science lab. And even then, it's not much more than a bunch of definitions that everybody agrees on. What does this mean, exactly? That means with a little practice, you can DISPROVE anything anybody says. Sure, it won't likely make you any friends. Being proven wrong is not something ANYBODY enjoys. But if you have a friend that has a negative belief? Blast it to smithereens. If you happen to be in the middle of a friendly insult contest among friends? Outframe until their sides hurt from laughing. If somebody sends and insult your way that you don't want to leave untouched? Obliterate it with extreme prejudice. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/verbal-assassin/