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What’s so great about the sword of reason?

The Outer Limits  with Stephen Law
July 26, 2016

There are (at least) two ways in which we can attempt to influence the beliefs of others:

 

(i) We can use reason. We can provide scientific and other evidence to support beliefs, subject them to critical scrutiny, reveal contradictions and inconsistencies, and so on.

 

(ii) we can appeal to such mechanisms as peer-pressure, emotional manipulation, humour, sarcasm, repetition, fear (especially of uncertainty), tribalism, vanity, and so on.

 

Now, we free thinkers put a lot of emphasis on (i) rather than (ii), don't we? Why is that?

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Nothing To Do With Spaceships

The Morning Heresy  with Paul the Morning Heretic
July 26, 2016

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.

In a statement cosigned by CFI's CEO Robyn Blumner, Board Chair Eddie Tabash, President Ronald Lindsay, and Council for Secular Humanism chief Tom Flynn, we came down hard on DNC CFO Brad Marshall for his suggested attacks on Bernie Sanders for his incorrectly presumed atheism. ...

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Three Dowsing Questions Answered

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper  with Benjamin Radford
July 25, 2016

A brief and skeptical look at dowsing, including why an oil company wasted $7 billion in a fruitless search for oil when a dowser could presumably have located it (or not) for a few thousand dollars. 

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The X-Claim Argument Against Religious Belief

The Outer Limits  with Stephen Law
July 25, 2016

You can read a prepublication draft of my forthcoming paper here.

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