Re: Convincing people within 15 minutes

Aaron Lynch (
Fri, 08 Jan 1999 11:03:57 -0600

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Date: Fri, 08 Jan 1999 11:03:57 -0600
From: Aaron Lynch <>
Subject: Re: Convincing people within 15 minutes
In-Reply-To: <000201be3ae0$66e01780$264e95c1@PaulMarsden>

At 07:24 AM 1/8/99 -0000, you wrote:
>Speed seduction and NLP, (which I guess this convincing people in 15 minutes
>business is a derivative) are hyped commercial spins based on a few
>principles of the social psychology of influence - for real science and
>evidence without the hype or spin check out one of the best sites on the Web
>(IMHO), Rob Cialdini and Kelton Rhoad's site at
>P.S. Don't tell Aaron about this site - or Derek and I will be afraid, very
>afraid :-)

Too late, Paul! I now have a most cruel memetic weapon: a brief email
message sitting in my out box that if sent will transform the memetics
listserv into a giant love fest!

On a more serious note, I was having lunch with David Hull recently when he
pointed out that the people with whom we harbor the most serious
intellectual disagreements often turn out to be very nice people to know in
person. There was also a study publicized several months ago in the
American media about mood and Internet usage. It found that time spent
online correlated with depression and irritability. (Anyone know the source
article?) As a result, we may tend to see the worst sides of each other
when meeting in an electronic forum, and focus more on our areas of
diagreement than our areas of agreement. Something to bear in mind during
an online debate.

--Aaron Lynch

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