A long, despairing journey through compliance as the deadline looms and cryptic messages mount, when: suddenly, a person!
I think any intellectually curious person would be likely to find theology interesting. Even in the minimal case, a strict atheist should find a wild universe with strange consequences, like adding homemade wizard pieces to a round of Settlers of Catan.
Assume a group of people all of whom have persistent verbal tics at the:
- beginning (‘So, …’ or ‘Okay, …’),
- middle (‘…, and uh, …’ or ‘…, like, …’), or
- end (‘…, right?’ or ‘…, no?’)
of their sentences.
Record these people speaking each of a set of 3-5 speeches and play the recordings to volunteers. Volunteers will complete surveys rating speakers in terms of clarity, competence, confidence, and so on. The variety of speeches would ensure that ratings were not due to a preference for the content of some speeches over others.
I wonder if some tics would be perceived as generally worse than others by most volunteers.