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Socrates of smoking

We saw Thank you for Smoking tonight: excellent movie full of beautifully pointed observations, puncturing pretension, greed, self-interest and end-justifying means on all sides. And how many cutesy maple syrup bottles can you get on one desk? Superb. But I was thinking; particularly the way Nick Naylor teaches his son to argue - that if I prove you wrong I must be right - that's what Socrates was executed for doing. Politicians don't have the rhetorical skills these days - some of them can't string three words together - but lobbyists have inherited those persuasive arts.

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therealdrhyde
31st Mar, 2006 11:21 (UTC)
If I prove you wrong that DOESN'T mean I'm right, it just means that I'm not wrong in the same way. A silly example ... you believe that the sky is always green, I believe it to you blue apart from on Sundays when it is red. I prove you are wrong by pointing you at the blue sky on a Monday, but I am still wrong.
marypcb
31st Mar, 2006 22:16 (UTC)
but - as Nick Naylor replies to his son when he raises exactly that objection - I don't care about what you think; I care about all of them (waves) who may not think as hard or look as closely at it...
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