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Contrasting arguments backed by evidence and examples tend to be the most persuasive

Chapter 7 Disagreeing well requires good, persuasive arguments

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A study at Cornell University analyzed the data from an online platform called Reddit, where people submitted topics soliciting people to change their view on them ( Change My View (CMV) – Reddit ).

According to the study, the most persuasive arguments share the following characteristics:

  • Look at the problem from another angle and are significantly different from the original argument (including the language used)
  • Illustrate with real-life examples and link to credible sources
  • Join the disagreement early
  • Go into detail (longer replies tended to be more persuasive)
  • Remain objective and refrain from using aggressive terms or language
  • Evidence-based, using numbers, statistics, and examples to back up opinions and make them sound more convincing
  • Use “e.g.,” “for instance” or “i.e.” before presenting these arguments
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