The ​'Motte & Bailey' meme reveals what's wrong with political arguments in 2020

This medieval-themed meme highlights a shady yet all too common rhetorical move people make in arguments.

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  • The "Motte and Bailey Doctrine" was developed by philosopher Nicholas Shackel.
  • It describes a rhetorical move in which an arguer advances an indefensible opinion, but when challenged falls back upon a similar yet easier-to-defend opinion.
  • Motte-and-baileys have become a weapon of choice in political and culture-war arguments.
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Why your rapport with coworkers is about much more than small talk

Scientists have proven that small talk with coworkers leads to stronger team cultures and better collaboration.

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  • A recent Rutgers study has found that although small talk in the office can be distracting, employees and employers alike gain far more from these seemingly trivial interactions than we lose.
  • Non-work banter can lead to more cohesive culture and higher-quality output.
  • To deliver output with a higher value, you need to view productivity through a different lens, one that has leeway for freeform discourse.
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Freedom fighting, writing, and microdosing LSD

Join New York Times best-selling author Maria Konnikova as she leads this special edition of Big Think Live.

Step inside the minds of two of the most exciting and dynamic writers of our times.

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Unleash your inner da Vinci with these art and science drawing lessons

Learn how to draw realistic figures for comic books, anatomy courses, and more.

  • Masterpieces like the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper followed countless hours of anatomical studies.
  • Leonardo da Vinci was fascinated by the human form.
  • The Complete Creative Art & Science of Drawing Bundle teaches you how to draw human bodies, heads, and more.
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