Re: virus: reason is the heart of faith

Eva-Lise Carlstrom (
Mon, 1 Feb 1999 10:30:11 -0800 (PST)

On Fri, 29 Jan 1999, Tim Rhodes wrote:

> Reed wrote:
> >I strongly support the idea that logic should serve as the
> >principle tool towards the goal of communication.
> >Communication is desireable, and it is much more satisfying
> >when the communication is meaningful. The critical concept
> >here is that logic should serve meaningful communication,
> >and not the reverse.
> [snip]
> For those following what Reed was saying, I strongly recommend checking out
> _The Argument Culture_ by Deborah Tannen.
> -Prof. Tim

I forgot this was one of the books I'd ordered. I went home and opened the box and there it was (along with Stephen Pinker's _How the Mind Works_ a few others). I like Tannen's books, and should probably reread her others when I finish this one. Good insights into how language and thought and behaviour are interrelated, and how communication can break down or be improved.