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how to invent arguments

Wylted
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10/10/2015 6:38:31 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 10/10/2015 6:07:47 AM, ark200 wrote:
how to invent arguments ? any idea ?

Just pick a position on something that sounds fun. Then start believing that position, when you start to believe it, cognitive biases will kick in and you'll find ways to justify the belief and automatically create arguments.

When Jesus said "seek and you shall find", he wasn't kidding. You'll find whatever you're looking for, whether it exists or not
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10/10/2015 3:21:19 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
OK that is one way to find argument. but what are other ways ? aristotle said that invention is the heart of rhetoric. therefore how to invent argument?
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10/10/2015 6:16:53 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
I often think of other arguments and try to figure out how to adapt those to different positions. The SCAMPER and SWOT techniques can help with this.

X= any type of idea/concept

S= What can X be substituted with?

C= What can X be combined with?

A= What can be adapted in X?

M= What can be modified in X?

P= What can be put to another purpose in X?

E= What can be eliminated from X?

R= What can be re-arranged in X?

Or SWOT
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10/13/2015 9:30:39 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 10/10/2015 3:21:19 PM, ark200 wrote:
OK that is one way to find argument. but what are other ways ? aristotle said that invention is the heart of rhetoric. therefore how to invent argument?

What Aristotle meant about the Sophists and their rhetoric is that they were not sincere. Thus they were very creative.