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Street Epistemology: An Effective Response to Credulity - YouTube
Anthony Magnabosco discusses his experiences applying the methods from the book "A Manual For Creating Atheists".
street-epistemology  atheism  argument  conversion 
april 2016 by pw201
A plea for politeness; or, a call for kindness | Slave of the Passions
"politeness is something you owe to me not in virtue of my natural superiority over you, but in virtue of our equality. You should be polite to me, not in deference to my authority, but in recognition of our shared humanity, according to which I, like you, am a human being with feelings, weaknesses and frustrations; I am vulnerable and capable of being hurt, just as you are." But are people who are systematically better off than others as vulnerable?
argument  politeness  privilege  philosophy 
august 2013 by pw201
The mandatory tweets of the self-righteous vacillating centrist stats bore: a user's guide – Telegraph Blogs
"Sit back with a look of superiority on your face." Tee hee. I think I've probably used some of these (though not on Twitter of course, that's for twits).
argument  twitter  funny 
august 2013 by pw201
Arguments From My Opponent Believes Something | Slate Star Codex
1. Argument From My Opponent Believes Something, Which Is Kinda Like Believing It On Faith, Which Is Kinda Like Them Being A Religion: “The high priests of the economic orthodoxy take it on faith that anyone who doubts the market is a heretic who must be punished.”
argument  belief  debate  epistemology 
july 2013 by pw201
A Logical Argument from Evil and Perfection
"I began this essay by looking at Plantinga's God, Freedom, and Evil, where we find a suggested form of a successful argument from evil. I made two adjustments to this form: first, by eschewing talk of the proper elimination of evil in favor of its prevention; and second, by bringing in the notions of good-making and evil-making properties. With these changes, I proposed a valid argument from evil. I then noted that, as the other premises seemed unobjectionable, the weight of the argument fell on premise (3), the proposition that "Every evil-making property (EMP) is such that its instantiation is not entailed by the instantiation of some greater good-making property (GMP)." I offered a subargument for this premise making use of the possibility of God's existing alone, together with his perfection, to show that from the perspective of perfect-being theism, (3) would be true. But if (3) is accepted by perfect-being theists, then the argument from evil succeeds."
free-will  alvin-plantinga  plantinga  argument  logical  theodicy  philosophy  evil 
august 2012 by pw201
The Worst Argument In The World
which is: "If we can apply an emotionally charged word to something, we must judge it exactly the same as a typical instance of that emotionally charged word." Yvain is just on fire lately: read his LJ and LessWrong posts.
equivocation  worst  philosophy  argument  rhetoric  yvain 
august 2012 by pw201
The Art of Controversy - Schopenhauer
Machiavelli for arguments, illustrated here by someone with a keen knowledge of internet memes.
trolling  controversy  schopenhauer  philosophy  argument  logic  fallacy 
march 2012 by pw201
Angra Mainyu's blog: The Moral Argument: Why Craig's metaethical case for theism fails
A pretty comprehensive attempt to refute William Lane Craig's Moral Argument for the existence of God.
moral  argument  philosophy  religion  morality  theism  william-lane-craig 
january 2012 by pw201
Stephen Law: GOING NUCLEAR
A chapter from Law's "Believing Bullshit" about the tactic he calls "going nuclear": when the argument is going against you, blow everyone away by saying that "all arguments rest on faith" or "everything is relative" or some other such nonsense. Law anatomises the various forms of this tactic.
philosophy  rationality  argument  stephen-law  presuppositionalism 
september 2011 by pw201
Worth Promoting to Its Own Post: Notes on Arguing « Whatever
"This dynamic of people asking for facts, or at least data, beyond the anecdotal, is in itself non-partisan; implications otherwise are a form of ad hominem argument which is generally not relevant to the discussion at hand."
argument  rationality 
august 2011 by pw201
Why It's So Tricky for Atheists to Debate with Believers | Belief | AlterNet
Greta Christina lists some "heads I win, tails you lose" arguments against atheism: not criticising serious theologians, fatwa envy ("you wouldn't say that to Muslims"), "atheism is a religion" and so on.
religion  atheism  argument  debate  abiogenesis  greta-christina 
january 2010 by pw201
The ad hominem fallacy fallacy
What is, and is not, an ad hominem argument (for example, insults aren't, unless they're part of an argument).
logic  philosophy  argument  language  fallacy  writing  debate  ad-hominem 
november 2009 by pw201

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