Rethink Speech aims to help replace our society’s false beliefs about the nature of speech and how it works with reliable knowledge, through a process of unlearning and rethinking.
Sounds great – but is that something I need? Or want? Will it help me? Is it worth spending my time on?
Maybe this page will help you decide if Rethink Speech is a good fit for you.
Do I need Rethink Speech?
Honestly, if all you want to do with speech is talk to familiar people about familiar things – false beliefs about speech won’t harm you much. You can safely leave Rethink Speech aside – unless you happen to be a curious person who prefers true beliefs to false ones.
It’s when you step outside these everyday skills that false beliefs become problematic – in practical areas like speaking to non-native speakers, or ensuring juries interpret forensic recordings accurately, or engaging in effective philosophical discussions (if you haven’t already, you’ll find more on these topics in the INTRO).
Will I like Rethink Speech?
Rethink Speech is conceptually challenging. That means it asks you to recognise that things you have thought of as truisms (facts so obvious they don’t even need to be stated) are actually questionable – and in some cases plain wrong.
If you are the kind of person who doesn’t like to be wrong, or finds it ‘negative’ to dwell on errors, mistakes and false beliefs, you might find Rethink Speech frustrating or annoying.
If you are the kind of person who likes questioning your own beliefs, exploring contradictions, resolving paradoxes – and ultimately reaching deeper levels of truth – you will likely enjoy Rethink Speech a lot.
Beyond speech and phonetics
Rethink Speech uses the challenges and insights we gain from delving into the nature of speech to explore the nature of thinking, and especially the ways we think about ourselves.
If you are the kind of person who seeks answers at a deeper level to the problems that face us all as individuals and as a society, you will find many things in Rethink Speech to motivate and inspire you.
Have I got time for Rethink Speech?
You don’t need to spend big blocks of time on Rethink Speech. You can binge if you want to, but generally, rethinking benefits more from short periods of engaged attention over an extended period.
The key modules (in RTS101: Unlearning) are set up so you can get an email each morning giving you a 15 minute demo with something interesting to observe and explore. After a few weeks of 15-minuteses, you’ll find you have developed some useful insights in an effortless way. Needless to say you can unsubscribe at any time. Best of all, it’s free!
Depending what profession you are in, you might actually be better off asking ‘Have I got time not to do Rethink Speech?’ …
The best advice?
Give it a go. You have nothing to lose but a few false beliefs.
Have a look around, check out the rest of the INFO in this section, explore INTRO, Experiencing Speech and other open modules, then when you feel ready, JOIN US for your daily 15 minutes of Rethink Speech fame, err, fun.
Hope to see you on the inside!