Is mockery a weapon of persuasion?

Insurance of pointing the opponent or a healthy tool in the face of absurd comments, opinions differ on the place of derision in the debates of ideas …

“You have to point out to people that they are talking nonsense. Let’s not pretend that someone who thinks the Earth is flat isn’t funny ”, launches Sebastian Dieguez, neuroscience researcher at the Laboratory of Cognitive and Neurological Sciences at the University of Friborg, Switzerland. But beyond laughter, can derision invite an uncertain public to review its convictions? Could it be a tool of persuasion?

“My goal is not to change people’s minds, explains Guillaume Meurice, humorist with mocking sidewalks on France Inter. My columns are used to give my opinion by trying to laugh about it, but there is no activist or proselyte vocation. “ However, “By making fun of logical flaws and people’s thinking biases, I appreciate that they can serve as tools for reflection and debate. The confrontation of ideas interests me ”. The chronicler highlights the contradictions and enormities uttered by interlocutors

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