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Political Advice and Story Telling – “The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns”, Sasha Issenberg

December 5th, 2012 · Comments Off on Political Advice and Story Telling – “The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns”, Sasha Issenberg · Campaigning, Data, Narrative, Politics

“A lot of what gets done on campaigns gets done on the basis of anecdotal evidence, which often comes down to who is a better storyteller. Who tells a better story about what works and what doesn’t work?” says Christopher Mann, a former executive director of the New Mexico Democratic Party. .. The people who […]

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I Need Things I Can Refute! – “Burr” – Gore Vidal

September 24th, 2012 · Comments Off on I Need Things I Can Refute! – “Burr” – Gore Vidal · Quotes

IT TOOK THE COLONEL and me several days to learn how to work together. He is not used to dictation; he also refuses to rely on memory. “After all, I am a lawyer. Therefore I need evidence—books, letters, newspapers: things I can refute!”

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The Test of a Miracle – “The God Delusion” – Richard Dawkins

April 21st, 2012 · Comments Off on The Test of a Miracle – “The God Delusion” – Richard Dawkins · Religion

David Hume’s pithy test for a miracle comes irresistibly to mind: ‘No testimony is sufficient to establish a miracle, unless the testimony be of such a kind, that its falsehood would be more miraculous than the fact which it endeavours to establish.’

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Oneself an Oracle – “Fahrenheit 451” – Ray Bradbury

April 14th, 2011 · Comments Off on Oneself an Oracle – “Fahrenheit 451” – Ray Bradbury · Quotes

‘The folly of mistaking a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself as an oracle, is inborn in us,

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