I've been thinking a lot lately about my identity and my orientation. This is something that a lot of us think about round about our late teens and early twenties, and so it seemed highly pertinent to this blog to talk about the critical thinking that I've been doing around these topics.
Participants are challenged to convey, in less than 140 characters, why the right to criticize religion is important. Seriously guys, no using ellipses, no "part 1, part 2" nonsense. Just ONE TWEET about blasphemy. Do you think you can do it?
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"Algorithm" is a scary word. You probably just threw up a little bit, a little fear puke, from reading it just now. Also, it is hard to look at. The first part is easy: "Algo." That is easy to look at. But then your eyes hit that second part and just sort of get lost in a tangled mess of letters that have no business hanging out together. To what black magic does this dark word refer? The goal of this post is to kind of answer that question, and to make algorithms less scary for you.
CFI founder Paul Kurtz once said of the Skeptics movement,
“…Skepticism is essential. You simply can’t refute, quote ‘debunk’, explain something and then go home. No, you need constant gadflies (that was the role of Socrates) out there examining claims and trying to find out if they’re true or false.”
As skeptics, we should be invested in our educational system. One of our values is truth, and so we often focus on the appropriate way of arriving at truth. So it should be disheartening when we hear that the education system in the US is not based upon facts, but rather upon PR and demagoguery.