(EF7) S1-E5: Sleight of Mind The Black Magic of Rhetoric The Evolve Faster Podcast with Scott Ely Season One

(EF7) Predictably Bad

(EF7) Human nature — and the desire to knock down someone else’s character — is very predictable. — The Evolve Faster Podcast (Season One, Episode Five)

(EF7) S1-E5: Sleight of Mind The Black Magic of Rhetoric The Evolve Faster Podcast with Scott Ely Season One

(EF7) The Dark Art of Mental Misdirection

(EF7) Same as a magician, a clever speaker fools one’s reason by misdirecting the attention to one point, while the important part is happening somewhere else. — The Evolve Faster Podcast (Season One, Episode Five)

George Orwell

DEDICATION: Episode EF7 is dedicated to Barack Obama and Donald Trump, two last US presidents who proved that both the right and wrong words can result in success if used at the right time. Barack Obama is an attorney, member of the Democratic Party and 44th president of the United States. Donald Trump is a highly successful businessman, the current and 45th president of the United States.

EF7 Show Notes

This episode is dedicated to Barack Obama and Donald Trump. See the EF7 Show Notes for details of the dedication, inspirations, references, selected quotes and more.

(EF7) S1-E5: Sleight of Mind The Black Magic of Rhetoric The Evolve Faster Podcast with Scott Ely Season One

EF7 (S1-E5): Sleight of Mind: The Black Magic of Rhetoric

Edward, a marketing master and spokesperson for the dark arts of rhetoric and propaganda, is hired to educate a controversial businessman running for an important public office. It’s Edward’s job to bestow the black magic of verbal and written manipulation on the businessman to win the election. Where the tongue is quicker than the mind—and the pen sharp enough to cut—are these skills a well-respected art? Or are they just cheap mental tricks wielded by insincere charlatans? Since perfected by the ancient Greeks, rhetoric has slowly devolved from a respected art into a manipulative tool used in marketing, politics and any other walk of life where mental and verbal coercion pays. Rhetoric, propaganda and the strategic use of logical fallacies are mental and verbal manipulations similar to the dark arts of black magic, in that they create smoke and mirrors to change minds to believe mistruths. And unlike a magician who deceives to entertain, these dark wizards act maliciously in pursuit of profit and power over others.

(EF6) S1-E4: Information Mainlining and the Folly of Modern Wisdom The Evolve Faster Podcast with Scott Ely Season One

(EF6) More From Less

(EF6) Paul wasn’t thinking, he wasn’t reading, he wasn’t planning, he wasn’t occupied with his work…he simply, was — The Evolve Faster Podcast (Season One, Episode Four)

(EF6) S1-E4: Information Mainlining and the Folly of Modern Wisdom The Evolve Faster Podcast with Scott Ely Season One

(EF6) Cognitive Liberation

(EF6) The capacity to see things from different perspectives is what liberates the mind from limiting factors of prejudices — The Evolve Faster Podcast (Season One, Episode Four)