Knowledge and reliability are forms of persuasion. They’re part of a subset within which the whole set is rhetoric (ancient sense of the word). Think about what is the criteria behind what you consider knowledge. Think about what is the criteria behind what you consider reliability. What makes them effective and/or efficient persuasive tools?

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I’d place argumentation on a 2 axis scale of effectiveness tangential to efficiency. Socratic method can be placed on there. Byzantine Rhetoric (they saw rhetoric as above and including all forms of argumentation) can be on there. Modern rational argument style (complete with rules and a list of fallacies, very commonly used online) can go on there. I don’t know what one would use to determine where each fit on the graph, but that’s the graph I would use.

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