August 15, 2010

On conversation

Filed under: General — crcb @ 3:02 pm

Nerds, guys and other clueless people often think conversation is about conveying information, and that if there’s no new data in the content, the conversation is meaningless. More than half the time, the function of conversation is social, not cognitive: establishing bonds, jockeying for position in the group, performing a mating ritual. This is as true in the workplace as in personal life. (Maybe not the mating part, but that isn’t entirely absent.)


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