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## Good rhetorical skills can make a simple mathematical addition problem seem like a complex puzzle. Imagine what rhetorics can do to already complex real life issues.

(9x3)=27
(-1)(27) = -27 (negative = payment)
-27 + (+2) = -25 (+2 since it becomes credit, not debit payment)

-25 = cost of roomExample:

3 men go into a motel.

The man behind the desk said the room is \$30, so each man paid \$10 and went to the room.

A while later, the man behind the desk realized the room was only \$25, so he sent the bellboy to the 3 guys' room with \$5.

On the way, the bellboy couldn't figure out how to split \$5 evenly between 3 men, so he gave each man a \$1 and kept the other \$2 for himself.

This meant that the 3 men each paid \$9 for the room, which is a total of \$27, add the \$2 that the bellboy kept = \$29.

Where is the other dollar?Good rhetorical skills can make a simple mathematical addition problem seem like a complex puzzle. Imagine what rhetorics can do to already complex real life issues. What other dollar? The \$30 term was eliminated from the question by the question itself...so there is no "other dollar" to contemplate or calculate. Rhetorical logic works differently than the logic taught in philosophy classes. Rhetoric is much less boring and far more persuasive. While philosophy scorns public opinion, in rhetoric, the audience's beliefs are at least as important as the facts. For persuasive purposes, the opinion of your audience is as good as what it knows; and what it thinks is true counts the same as the truth.[1]
If one masters logic well, (s)he will be able to see through rhetoric more easily. Knowing cognitive biases will also be very beneficial. Psychology skills are essential as well - you can present the same thing in a number of ways and achieve a number of different results. Finally, being informed about the particular topic at hand can never hurt![2] Rhetoric is the art of using language to communicate effectively and persuasively by appealing to someones reason, emotions, and morals. Mathematical problems are based on logic only. Real life issues also involve emotions and morals. Therefore, it is only natural that rhetoric can do more "work" with life than with mathematics.The \$2 needs be deducted from the \$27
The men owed twenty five paid 27 twenty for hotel and the two taken by the bellboy

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References:

1. http://www.amazon.com/Thank-You-Arguing-Aristotle-Persuasion/dp/0307341445
2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_bias