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I'm right and you're an idiot : the toxic state of public discourse and how to clean it up

Author: James Hoggan; Grania Litwin
Publisher: Gabriola Island, BC, Canada : New Society Publishers, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Just as the natural environment can be polluted, so too can public discourse. I'm Right and You're an Idiot examines the sorry state of today's public square, showing how polluted, polarized conversations discourage people from taking action on critical issues such as climate change, and demonstrating how we can clear the air and become more powerful and effective communicators."--
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Additional Physical Format: Hoggan, James, 1946-, author.
I'm right and you're an idiot.
(CaOONL)20169007901
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Hoggan; Grania Litwin
ISBN: 9780865718173 0865718172
OCLC Number: 1050282235
Description: xxi, 249 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Pt. I. The polluted public square. sect. A. Smashing heads doesn't open minds. Like ships in the night / Daniel Yankelovich --
The advocacy trap / Roger Conner --
Mistakes were made (but not by me) / Carol Tavris --
Morality binds and blinds / Jonathan Haidt --
Why we want to be misled / Dan Kahan --
sect. B. A failure to communicate. Facts are not enough / George Lakoff --
Matters of concern / Bruno Latour --
sect. C. Duped and how. The self-regulating psychopath / Joel Bakan and Noam Chomsky --
A case study : foreign-funded radicals. Assault on democracy / Alex Himelfarb --
Silencing the voices of others / Jason Stanley --
Gaslighting blurs our reality / Bryant Welch --
Summary : the polluted public square --
pt. II. Speak the truth, but not to punish. sect. D. Leaning into the future. Power and love / Adam Kahane --
No fish? no fish sticks / Peter Senge --
Listen deeply / Otto Scharmer and Anne Giardini --
sect. E. The mighty tool of public narrative. The myth of apathy / Renee Lertzman --
Psychic numbing / Paul Slovic --
Sometimes David wins / Marshall Ganz --
sect. F. From the heart. The golden rule / Karen Armstrong and Joan Halifax --
Speak the truth, but not to punish / Thich Nhat Hanh --
We need warmheartedness / Dalai Lama.
Other Titles: I am right and you are an idiot
Responsibility: James Hoggan with Grania Litwin.
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