Persuasion Articles of the Week

Photo "Cars on I-90 floating bridge" by Seattle Municipal Archives, Flickr, CC-By-2.0
We can’t have rough waters without knowing smooth waters: contrast is in our human nature to find and embrace. Photo “Cars on I-90 floating bridge” by Seattle Municipal Archives, Flickr, CC-By-2.0

#contrast #appreciation #motivation #compensation #fakenews #politics

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Ralphy Emerson’s ideas on duality and contrast

Yesterday I wrote a bit about Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay, Compensation.

In the essay, Emerson argues that everyone is compensated, for the good or the bad, in relation to the good or bad they bring to others in the world.

Good, or bad. These are relative terms, of course, defined by their polarizing nature. You can’t have one without the other.

The compiled Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson
The compiled Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson

Emerson’s Compensation opens with a discussion of the polarity of nature, Continue reading “Ralphy Emerson’s ideas on duality and contrast”

Emerson on your Compensation from the Universe

6am on the nuts
Saint Paul, Minn

*|FNAME|*, I just received my copy of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Essays.

"Compensation" and other Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Compensation” and other Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Photo copyright ⓒ 2019 Jeffrey G Thomas 

This collection of Emerson’s writings includes the famous Compensation, which discusses how people who give tend to do better than those who take:

“He is great who confers the most benefits. He is base —and that is Continue reading “Emerson on your Compensation from the Universe”

2-4-6-8, who do you appreciate?

The Universe is at it again, bringing me a message over and over to make sure I hear it.

(Also known as ‘Confirmation Bias,’ where my brain recognizes patterns in the randomness of the world)

Photo "Brothers in a Dangerous Trade" by Joel Penner, Flickr, CC-By-2.0
Incoming Transmission from the Universe! Photo “Brothers in a Dangerous Trade” by Joel Penner, Flickr, CC-By-2.0

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What is a “tell” that someone is lying?

7:22am, St Paul

From  a question on Quora.com:

What is a “tell” that someone is lying?

It’s hard to know if someone is lying. It’s a super power we all wish we had… but we can’t read minds.

Displaying signs of discomfort. Image "distant distance" by Rennett Stowe, Flickr, CC-By-2.0
Displaying signs of discomfort.
Image “distant distance” by Rennett Stowe, Flickr, CC-By-2.0

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Persuasion Articles of the Week

Politicians ask for small donations not because it makes a large difference, but because you'll remain consistant. Image "Bernie Sanders - Caricature" by DonkeyHotey, Flickr, CC-By-2.0
Politicians ask for small donations not because it makes a large difference, but because you’ll remain consistent. Image “Bernie Sanders – Caricature” by DonkeyHotey, Flickr, CC-By-2.0

#politics #crime #confession #control #prefrontalcortex #gambling #restaurant #menu #price #design

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Persuasive Elements in Bernie’s Fundraising

I received a fundraising email last week from Bernie Sanders campaign. (Screenshot below.)

The email itself asked Bernie supporters to follow a link a form, where you could mark which campaign issues mattered to you, the voter.

Everyone likes to be consulted and have their opinion heard—especially if you’ve self-selected as a supporter to get on this list. I would bet the survey link was pretty busy! Continue reading “Persuasive Elements in Bernie’s Fundraising”