Archive

Tag: Critical Thinking

Why Rationalism Works For Me
August 1, 2012 • no comments • 564 views
Freethought

I sort of dodged a discussion today about the difference between the rational and the spiritual approach to understanding the universe. I didn’t want to engage in the discussion then because it was a derailment of an otherwise interesting topic. Instead I decided to write down some thoughts here. Firstly, I am a scientist, well a student […]

The “No True Creationist” Fallacy
May 8, 2012 • no comments • 430 views
Freethought

I was once upon a time a Christian, and I had creationism – what passes for science in fundamentalist Christian circles – pushed on me from an early age. When I was a young adult and the internet came around, I spent a lot of time on websites like talkorigins.org and various creationist sites as well […]

Easter Message: “Pro Life”
April 7, 2012 • no comments • 466 views
Freethought

The fundamentalist’s crusade against Planned Parenthood and what they so ironically call “pro life” has been appearing a lot in my news feed lately. Last Sunday some of the more extremist of these people even bombed a clinic in Wisconsin, USA. It isn’t the first time. Of course, they are not all crazy lunatics. Some […]

Easter Message: Religion and Secularism
April 6, 2012 • no comments • 676 views
Freethought

It’s Easter. That celebration the Christians co-opted from the Jews like they co-opted our winter solstice celebration and turned it into Christmas. I have a few things I want to say about religion, or mainly Christianity which is the one I was brought up in. This weekend seems to be appropriate – and I have […]

Definition: Hamster-wheel Logic
January 17, 2012 • 2 comments • 2 073 views
Other

Hamster-wheel logic noun The use of a rapid series of circular arguments to argue a point. It is similar to a “Gish gallop”, a debating technique that involves drowning the opponent in a torrent of half-truths, lies, and straw-man arguments. Example: The creationist Kem Ham’s attempt to answer the question: “How do we know other […]

Three Things to Ask a Believer
November 6, 2011 • no comments • 312 views
Freethought

Here are three questions I think you should ask yourself about your own beliefs. I will elaborate on them by applying them to religion, but the principle should go for most beliefs; for instance belief in science, philosophy or politics too. 1. Why do you believe the things you believe, and when did you start […]