Pointy Head Profile: Arianna Huffington
“The Washington establishment fails Logic 101” –Arianna Huffington on how politicians and pundits who attribute changes in the Middle East to the American invasion are living in a fairy tale.
Pointy heads (thinking types) make judgments based on objective reasoning–if this, then that. They rely on logic to justify their decisions. Arianna Huffington’s tough-minded business judgment has fueled her success in with the Huffington Post. Pointy heads like Arianna are objective, impersonal and logical, and brief and businesslike. They decide based on true or false, enjoy debate, and seek truth. Of course, nothing says a pointy head can’t be beautiful and charismatic. As Bill Maher put it, “If Arianna wants to be your friend, I mean, give up, you’re like a weak swimmer in a strong tide. I went with her to some big party—I was, like, ‘Oh, where’s Arianna?’ and, next thing I know, she’s sitting on the couch with Rupert Murdoch, chatting away like the old friends of the world.”
|Arrianna Huffington||Pointy Head||Bleeding Heart|
|It would be futile to attempt to fit women into a masculine pattern of attitudes, skills and abilities and disastrous to force them to suppress their specifically female characteristics and abilities by keeping up the pretense that there are no differences between the sexes. —Arianna Huffington||Objective|
|At the moment, our society's notion of success is largely composed of two parts: money and power. In fact, success, money and power have practically become synonymous. But it's time for a third metric, beyond money and power — one founded on well-being, wisdom, our ability to wonder, and to give back. Money and power by themselves are a two legged stool — you can balance on them for a while, but eventually you're going to topple over. And more and more people, very successful people, are toppling over. Basically, success the way we've defined it is no longer sustainable. It's no longer sustainable for human beings or for societies. To live the lives we want, and not just the ones we settle for, the ones society defines as successful, we need to include the third metric. —Arianna Huffington||Impersonal and Logical|
|But then I thought back to my time at Cambridge, taking a course in elementary logic, studying the fallacy of the undistributed middle. For those of you in need of a refresher on the concept, here’s an example from the first chapter of my Logic 101 textbook: “All oaks are trees. All elms are trees. Therefore, all oaks are elms.” See how easily you can go from point A to point Z, jumping over all the important steps in between? —Arianna Huffington||Decide Based on True or False|
|Harmless but shrewd small talk is a Huffington specialty: the first time we met, she had, within ten minutes, complimented me on my shoes, my jacket, my bag, and my dress. Critics and friends invoke a talent for friendship as one of her defining qualities, as, through the years, has much of her press. Socializing is a form of work—it takes energy, it pays off—and Huffington applies herself to it as assiduously as she does to any other task… Huffington’s attempts at establishing intimacy can seem almost poignantly forced. “How do you recharge?” she will inquire of a relative stranger. “What is your favorite food?” New Yorker 2008||Brief and Businesslike|
|As a debater, she was indefatigable, and in her final year at Cambridge she participated in a televised debate on feminism… Huffington has demonstrated a gladiatorial appetite for verbal combat. New Yorker 2008||Enjoy Debate|
|Mainstream media tend to just mouth the conventional wisdom, to see everything through the filter of right and left. —Arianna Huffington||Seek Truth|
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