Thanks for this interesting article, Buster! As a Communication Studies scholar, I love reading ideas about persuasion.
Your last sentence
If we really do want to change minds instead of just winning (and losing) arguments, we need to think less about amassing points and rallying supportive crowds on our side of the stadium and more about lowering the stakes and threat level of our conversations.
got me thinking that education is a key to this notion. But with the GOP, and its followers, believing more and more that higher education is bad for society, I don’t know if things will ever change.
I will read the other articles you linked to, and continue to have hope!