My latest at ProfHacker: From the Archives: Civil and Productive Discussions

Respectfully disagreeIt’s been one of those weeks. Both on campus and online, there’s been a lot of talk about the government shutdown — and, predictably, a lot of arguing over who’s responsible, what should be done, etc.

What can get exasperating is when one participant in the discussion offers a piece of evidence to support one point of view, or questions a point of view that the opposition has presented, and gets nowhere. One or more of the participants who hold the opposing view refuse to actually participate. They don’t address the evidence presented, or respond to the question. Sometimes, they shift the topic a bit when pressed, so as not to have to respond directly.

It can all get incredibly frustrating for those who think discussion should focus on arguments and evidence.

Civility, evidence, and learning to understand other points of view are topics we’ve covered here before:

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