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Hi Trupeljak Ozren -
>How can you walk the earth and find it a sphere?
Hmmm. I think Aristothanes (or some greek bearing long sticks and
protractors) beat me to it....
>> Don't get me started on NLP....
This is from the Skeptic's Dictionary (http://skepdic.com/neurolin.html )
and I quite agree with it-
"NLP is said to be the study of the structure of subjective experience,
but a great deal of attention seems to be paid to observing behavior and
teaching people how to read "body language." But there is no common
structure to non-verbal communication, any more than there is a common
structure to dream symbolism. There certainly are some well-defined
culturally determined non-verbal ways of communicating, e.g., pointing
the back of the hand at another, lowering all fingers but the one in the
middle, has a definite meaning in American culture. But when someone
tells me that the way I squeeze my nose during a conversation means I am
signaling him that I think his idea stinks, how do we verify whether his
interpretation is correct or not? I deny it. He knows the structure, he
says. He knows the meaning. I am not aware of my signal or of my
feelings, he says, because the message is coming from my subconscious
mind. How do we test these kinds of claims? We can't. What's his
evidence? It must be his brilliant intuitive insight because there is no
empirical evidence to back up this kind of stuff."
>not to value ideas by the same values I ascribe to their human
I have difficulty with that area too, perhaps in the opposite way you do.
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