Mudcat Café message #1033840 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #63595   Message #1033840
Posted By: Uncle_DaveO
11-Oct-03 - 05:37 PM
Thread Name: BS: Fighting fair in arguments
Subject: RE: BS: Fighting fair in arguments
A discussion technique I recommend, and try always to practice myself, is to be free with such locutions as:
it seems to me that....
it appears that....
it seems to make sense that...
my take on this is....
it may be the case that....
as I understand it....


This soft-sell approach is (it seems to me) less likely to be taken as an attack on the other person, and in any case avoids laying down what might sound like "universal principles" which just beg to be refuted.

Not only that, but, if I'm shown to be wrong, I don't end up with so much egg on my own face.

Dave Oesterreich