What happens when people run out of ideas in debate

When people run out of ideas in debate, they might get intolerant (which they might already have been before) and aggressive. One of my all-time music heroes found the right words some days ago in order to make this visible. Before, he had witnessed an increasing number of unqualified comments on his current astrology seminar. But the whole thing has obviously not been about astrology or one’s attitude towards it. There are obviously other things happening, displayed on the canvas of astrology as a topic or subject.

„To all those wonderful cynical English men out there who keep addressing me as an idiot, you have to understand that I don’t believe in astrology. Let me be really clear, I don’t believe in anything like that. I am an atheist, left brain, scientific minded rationalist. I study how different people from different backgrounds from different cultures and ages describe our experience here on earth.“

Well, thinking outside the box is not everybody’s favourite. In other words: you’ll find ways if you want to, you will find reasons if you don’t want.

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„I realize that I cannot bring validity to anything on a facebook post and I’m not attempting to do that, what I am saying is that when people run out of ideas in debate they resort to physical violence.

And the intellectual equivalent of physical violence is saying ‚it’s rubbish‘ before you have even entered the arena.

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Music is the key

I went to a concert in Hamburg at the „Fabrik“ yesterday. Former Men at Work singer Colin Hay was in town and delivered a two set show full of entertainment, stories, endless humor and such a great voice!

The venue is very intimate and ideal for solo performances or Jazz concerts (saw there Manu Katché once, which was close to perfect…). I took one video (, because unfortunately, my battery was low right from the start). Who Can It Be Now? is surely one of the biggest hits in Colin’s catalogue.

Here is his idea about people expecting him to play those kind of hits at his concerts:

„Well, it’s funny to have a hit.
In fact, I had some.
Around 1984.
People expect me to play them.
Why not play them?
Of course, I play them.
I’m not a fucking idiot!“

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