AboutRhetoric is the art of verbal manipulation to convince others of a predetermined conclusion. At its best, it is used as a tool to convey difficult new ideas and get past existing cognitive bias in situations where a rational argument may be ineffective; at its worst, it is used to induce erroneous beliefs in others, which may lead to popular support for extremely harmful actions.
- Rhetorical manipulation is the negative use of rhetoric, i.e. to promote false beliefs
- Rhetorical distortion is where a rhetorical argument is based on distorted truth
- Rhetorical deceptions are specific techniques used for rhetorical distortion
- rhetorical spin
- interpretive framing
dKosopediano equivalent page as of 2010-07-15; see Religious Political Rhetoric
SourceWatchno equivalent page as of 2010-07-15; see Empty rhetoric
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- LessWrong Wiki (as of 2010-07-15) redirects to Dark arts, which refers to the negative uses of rhetoric: "...rhetorical techniques crafted to exploit human cognitive biases in order to persuade, deceive, or otherwise manipulate a person into irrationally accepting [predetermined] beliefs"