I just got back from a luncheon-talk on a mine proposal. It was interesting in that I think I learned some things about the project. It was a bit hard to tell if I learned something useful because the talk was designed to shape my thinking in the way they wanted me to see things. It was geared toward me leaving with the impression that there is very little cause for concern. But I listen with a critical ear. It was a competition between my critical ear and his persuasive abilities.
There was a buzz as I waited to buy my ticket. People expected a show. And they were right! We patiently and politely waited until the presenter delivered his presentation and then the audience unleashed their questions that were intended to find flaws in his information or discredit his motives. I became fascinated with the process.
The speaker was…
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