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October 19, 2014

I've worked with communications technology my whole life

And for 40+ years I've had 1 project: using ICT to grapple with the wicked problems facing civil society. Why #ParticipatoryDeliberation and #DeliberativePolitics? because public policy, IMNSHO, turns on individuals' all too human appreciation of issues. That, for far as I've worked out, is the nut of the matter. If ICT is a lever, human factors (UX? #CognitiveErgonomics?) is the fulcrum.See:"The genius of conspiracy theories is that you can’t prove them wrong, and this is true for two reasons.The first is that most conspiracy theorists base their beliefs on values other than science, and sometimes on fear. They are motivated to believe what they do, and unless those motivations change, it is unlikely they will be swayed by rational argument.The second reason is that their logic is self-sealing, designed to be impermeable to external reasoning.""But there is a strategy that may change people’s minds (or at least expose faulty thinking) when dealing with conspiracy theories in science; one loose scale in the logical armour that can be worked free."So: my software has no traction simply because there is no perceived need for discourse. Back-room discussion is hermetic and the public space is saturated with chat. In a sense I'm ahead of the curve!

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