Isabella Besborodco Posted 7 months ago Daniel H. Cohen: For argument’s sake First of all I have to say that I really enjoyed watching this ted talk because Daniel H. Cohen talked about argumentation, which is something that applies to our everyday lives. If we think about it, it’s true, people are always arguing and always trying to prove themselves right. It is like a vicious cycle, there is no way of escaping it. I liked the metaphor he used, which is arguments are like puzzles, because that is the reality of it, arguments are composed of countless pieces of information and facts in order to prove one simple theory. But then there is the main question, why? Why are people always arguing? In the end what do they win other than satisfaction? Points need to be proven, at least that’s what we have learned with society today, and there is no way of arguing against this. There are three types, like Cohen mentioned, which are arguments as war, as proofs, and as performance. They are obviously linked to one another, because the arguments as proofs for example, you present a premise that is followed by a conclusion, trying to prove a point to someone, so it could carry an audience, being the arguments as performance, which all comes down to arguments as war. Again, it is all part of a cycle. War is the one that dominates, as mentioned, but then it always comes with deforming effects, since it always prevents compromise or collaboration. Cohen did a nice job in summarizing it. It’s true, in arguments no one ever tries to compromise with each other, it all comes down to right or wrong, like a competition. Just like Cohen said, the arguer can gain pleasure, but cognitively he gains nothing. I agree with the fact that there is no way of escaping this war metaphor because the losers of a discussion will never recognize the fact that the winner did a better job and presented better arguments. Great talk! But unfortunately I don’t think that there will ever be an end to this vicious cycle, and one main reason for this is because people are egocentric.