5-16-05 - 4


Conversation with random people seems almost entirely pointless. The issues that interest me are 3rd level issues; that is, the 1st level is the basic definition of the terms and the facts; the 2nd level is the analysis of the interaction of the forces; the 3rd level are the subtle issues that are unexpected or things that arise from indirect interactions, influences, etc. In conversation, it's hard to even get past the 1st level. You have different ideas of what the basic terms mean, and most so-called "intellectual" conversation is just about defining the terms and fighting over agreement on the base facts - these are trivial issues, and their discussion provides no benefit UNLESS you are establishing a long-term dialog with this person and you will be able to progress to the higher levels in the future.

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