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Intellectual Arrogance

I agree with the underlying argument, but I'm curious about the approach. Does implying that a person is like a "caveman" ever get that person to change? Isn't that like telling a child to "stop being so childish"? Does that really work? Because, in my experience, it generally doesn't.

Arrogance not intended

I've always learned to make a distinction between "the doer" and the "deed." I wouldn't call someone a "caveman" (or cave woman", but I might suggest that the thing they're doing, or perhaps the way they're thinking about something is less than enlightened. Hence, the term Caveman Logic - which was plainly meant as a catchy general phrase rather than a serious analytic commentary. I hope this makes my argument less offensive while still keeping its core

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Hank Davis, Ph.D, is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Guelph in Canada and the author of nine books.

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