Monthly Archives: February 2014

A Helpful New Conflict Word: Agonism

The Net often gives rise to antagonistic discussions where one side seeks to win and denies the validity of the other sides’s arguments or even sometimes almost wishes they didn’t exist. I came across a new word the other day … Continue reading

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The Political Division of Labor to Bridge Divides

I work with a group called Bridge the Divide to try to encourage dialogue across the political divides. I posted this for them and dedicate it to their efforts:  OK here is a real shot at bridging the divide. Excuse … Continue reading

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Response to Conservative Anarchists: Yes the State Contributes to My Happiness

I have been increasingly concerned that conservative reaction to recent years of electoral defeats has not just been to question specific political policies but to turn to some sort of unthinking anti-state anarchism, denouncing the very idea of the state. … Continue reading

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World Wide Readership of This Blog

To get some sense of our global reach since Word Press provided a count by countries from which readers came in February in February 2012 (two years ago) our Top Twenty Countries with hits recorded for each are shown below. … Continue reading

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Why Cohesive Groups Out Compete Individualist Free Riders in Conflict as Per Charles Darwin

In an on line argument with a gun nut I posted: Charles Darwin (1809-1882) nailed it well I think when he said: “When two tribes of primeval man, living in the same country, came into competition, if (other circumstances being … Continue reading

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‘Stop Being So Religious’: Conflict Poem: Hafiz (1325-1389)

Stop Being So Religious What Do sad people have in Common? It seems They have all built a shrine To the past And often go there And do a strange wail and Worship. What is the beginning of Happiness? It … Continue reading

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Mapping Your Interests in Conflict, Collaboration or Internal Dilemmas

A very good friend of mine, I call The Wave Rider, has just asked me how she might map out her Interests in a complex collaboration/conflict situation at work. I thought this was a really good question, and one we … Continue reading

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Thinkers on Conflict: Popper versus Kuhn

Karl Popper (1902-94) and Thomas Kuhn (1922-96) One interesting intellectual tradition that contributes to conflict work is the Philosophy of Science especially as developed by Karl Popper and Thomas Kuhn. Popper set some very high standards for scientific rigor. He … Continue reading

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To Give Up On Words: Silence in Apache Culture

Keith Basso wrote an interesting essay ‘To Give Up on Words: Silence in  Apache Culture’ that throws some interesting light on how we might use silence in conflict. Thanks to Matt Benjamin for bringing this article to my attention. The Western … Continue reading

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Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) Top Ten Conflict Tips

Hobbes is interesting because he was really the first philosopher whose philosophy is informed by the explicit purpose of attaining peace and avoiding war, especially civil war. When he is mistaken, it may even be because he is putting the cause … Continue reading

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