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Person 1: ...so that’s why I’m not convinced. Person 2 (our hero): You made some really good arguments. I’ve never thought about it that way. Can we talk again after I’ve had some time to study this more?

Admit You Don’t Know

It’s okay to admit you don’t know something. In a good conversation, the two partners are trying to find the truth together, not score debate points. Don’t make things up just to respond.

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Our hero: I know abortion is a difficult subject, but I’d love to have a calm and reasonable conversation with you. I know we both want to help people, and we both want to do what’s right. I bet we can both learn from each other!Person 1: Abortion obviously kills a human. How are pro-choicers so dumb? Person 2 (our hero): Pro-choice people are usually quite reasonable. I know I’ve been wrong about important things before, even though I wanted to do what’s right.Person 1: So that’s why I’m pro-choice. Person 2 (our hero): Thanks for explaining. I think I get it, but I want to make sure I understand your view correctly. Let me ask a couple questions to clarify.Person 1: Nobody knows when life begins. Person 2 (our hero): I’m not sure I understand. Are you talking about the beginning of a biological organism? Or the beginning of a valuable person?
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