This from the BBC is very interesting.
"in politics, when you are explaining, you are losing. And that makes anything as complex or as messy as healthcare reform a very hard sell."
"stories always trump statistics"
"in contemporary politics, if you can fake sincerity, you have got it made"
... please excuse me ... this is how I rant ... mostly to myself inside my head ... sometimes to Fionnuala ... sometimes to my computer/everyone in the whole wide intarweb ...
What in this world now is not made complex, even seemingly simple things opened up to debate and put under the microscope suddenly have murky waters with hydraen creatures lurking). Any issues with complexity like any green/environment/planning issues, like Lisbon have many facets. If you are against one facet then it puts you against the whole thing. Focus is much more easily put against any negative facets and positive facets count for nothing.
We must understand all facets of an issue logically and scientifically correctly and work out the best solutions. But when debating politically and persuading people the logic and intellectual argument only counts for a little.
Can we debate and convince people of the correct argument in an entertaining and sincere and emphatic way which is also honest and accurate?
After working out the intellectual argument every point should be translated to allegory. But that can then be countered by better allegory. Nuts.
etymology of allegory
Ben Goldacre's bad Science
Bruce Schneier on Security
Green Party Ireland