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The author argues that humans rely on "filters" to perceive and understand reality, rather than objective facts and reason. These filters shape how we interpret information, even if they are factually wrong. What matters most is whether a filter works for us in a practical sense.

The author uses examples from his own life to illustrate this point. As a child, he believed:

  • Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy were real. These "filters" made him happy and enabled him to predict events, even though they were factually incorrect.

  • What his church told him. This filter worked for a while but started to break down as he questioned theological stories.

The main theme is that humans are irrational and influenced more by persuasion than facts. Most people do not realize how much their "filters" distort their objectivity. Still, these filters tend to provide "good enough" results in terms of making us happy and predicting events.

The "Persuasion Filter" - the main topic of the book - seems to work well in this sense. It allows the author to understand and predict Trump's success, despite perceived flaws in Trump's statements and policies from an objective standpoint.

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Here is a summary of the key points from the section:

  • Learning hypnosis gave the author a fresh perspective on human decision making and persuasion. It revealed that emotions and irrational factors often drive people's choices more than logic and facts.

  • Understanding how hypnosis works helps you craft more persuasive messages. Leaving out unnecessary details allows people to fill in the gaps with their own interpretations, which makes the message more relatable and convincing.

  • Developing hypnosis skills can improve your communication, ability to detect lies and power of persuasion. But hypnosis itself cannot literally make someone fall in love with you.

  • Some questionable hypnosis-like persuasion tactics are discussed, like "negging" where pick up artists subtly insult women to get their attention. The author argues this is not an ethical way to persuade people.

  • The author mentions Carly Fiorina's debate strategy of vividly describing a graphic abortion scene as an example of a persuasive technique that relies on emotion rather than facts or policy specifics.

Overall, the key takeaway is that learning hypnosis gave the author valuable insight into human irrationality and the role of emotions in decision making and persuasion. This perspective helped inform his views on communication, deception and ethics in persuasion.

Here's a summary of the key points regarding Trump's persuasion techniques:

  1. Trump sought to dominate the news cycle from the beginning of his campaign. He made bold, controversial statements that garnered massive media attention, both positive and negative. This visibility rendered his opponents invisible.

  2. Trump offered certainty and confidence in his messaging. People prefer certainty, even if it's wrong, so this resonated with voters who wanted decisive leadership. It allowed supporters to project whatever they wanted onto him.

  3. Trump's skills and techniques suggest he learned persuasion strategies, not that he's a "natural." There are clues of formal training:

  4. His father's family attended Norman Vincent Peale's church, and Peale influenced Trump with positive thinking ideas.

  5. Trump wrote The Art of the Deal, showing his interest in negotiating and persuading others.

  6. His seemingly off-the-cuff comments likely came from a deliberate strategy to attract attention and create controversy, energizing his base and media.

In summary, Trump appears to have intentionally employed techniques to dominate the news cycle, offer certainty, and leverage knowledge from sources like Peale - suggesting his abilities stem more from training, not just being a "natural." His controversial statements were likely calculated to create maximum persuasive impact.

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  1. The author believes Trump's obnoxious personality would become less outrageous over time as people got used to it and novelty wore off for most people. This turned out to be true as Trump's behavior that initially shocked many eventually became normalized.

  2. The author argues that Trump's "offensive" jokes reflect a "New York sense of humor" where people find the offensiveness itself to be funny, not actually meaning harm. This implies Trump's jokes were misunderstood by many who did not share that sensibility.

  3. Regarding Trump's tax returns, the author asserts that releasing them would have given critics more ammunition rather than less. Voters are not sophisticated enough to understand business taxes, so critics would have cherry-picked elements as evidence of wrongdoing. The author claims Trump's evasiveness on his taxes may have made him more relatable to voters who dislike the IRS.

  4. On Trump's slow disavowal of David Duke's endorsement, the author suggests Trump likely did not know who Duke was initially. The author implies the media coverage of Trump's response gave Duke's endorsement more attention than it otherwise would have received.

In summary, the key points focus on:

  • How Trump's obnoxious personality would become normalized over time
  • How Trump's "offensive" jokes reflected a New York sensibility misunderstood by many
  • Why releasing Trump's tax returns may have backfired rather than helped
  • A possible explanation for Trump's slow response to David Duke's endorsement
  1. The author feels that Trump's lack of political experience may actually be an advantage, not a disadvantage. Established politicians are stuck in conventional thinking and ways of doing things. An outsider like Trump may bring fresh ideas and approaches.

  2. Trump's provocative style and "unpresidential" behavior may actually help him connect with voters who are frustrated with the status quo. His willingness to break norms signals that he will govern differently.

  3. Trump's bombastic personality and tendency to exaggerate may be intentional persuasion techniques. Though they turn many people off, they generate intense interest and focus attention on him.

  4. Trump's tendency to take both sides of an issue and make inconsistent statements may be a deliberate strategy to remain ambiguous and avoid alienating any group of voters. It gives different factions hope that he supports their views.

  5. The author believes that once in office, Trump's most outrageous statements and behavior will diminish as he is forced to conform to the norms of the presidency. His style will likely become more "presidential" over time.

  1. The author proposes the "moist robot hypothesis" which states that humans are biological machines whose choices are determined by biological programming and external influences, rather than free will.

  2. The author argues we should be cautious in promoting this view, as reducing humans to "moist robots" could harm human dignity and encourage unethical manipulation.

  3. Instead of focusing on persuasion techniques, the author suggests we should strive to understand human needs and motivations in order to help people thrive. This requires respecting people's agency and autonomy.

  4. The author discusses the simulation hypothesis cautiously, noting that even if we live in a simulation, we still experience reality subjectively and should act with compassion.

  5. The author ultimately argues that regardless of philosophical questions about determinism or simulations, we should ground our actions in empathy, ethics and an affirmation of human dignity. Reducing people to mechanisms to be manipulated risks harm and goes against humanistic values.

  6. While acknowledging human biases, the author suggests we should aspire to think critically, embrace complexity and treat each other with respect. This provides a better foundation for progress than embracing a "moist robot" view of humanity.

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