A global application of critical thinking skills (It’s the flawed methodology, stupid!)

The beauty of a background in philosophy and critical thinking skills is that the knowledge you learn can apply to so, so, so many areas without extensive study of particular topics. While my strong suit is obviously arguing against religious claims, I can apply my skills from doing this to many other domains; my ‘logical fallacy sense’ goes off when I listen to ‘9/11 truthers,’ holocaust deniers, ‘alternative medicine’ proponents, creationists, moon landing deniers, etc. There is, of course, a great deal of nonsense out there and everyone can’t be expected to know everything, but a good knowledge of critical thinking skills can help one refute bad arguments. Read More

Responding to “Atheists Tackle Simple Theology and Arguments”

Although I have not received the criticism of “you tackle simple theology and simple arguments” very much, atheists — particularly those labeled “new atheists” (whatever that means) — receive this criticism from their critics. During the recording of the NEPA Freethought Society‘s first podcast, I couldn’t help to think that some of the assertions being made by local individuals were very easy to attack because they seemed quite elementary, fallacious, silly, or otherwise problematic at face value. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately?) many arguments for gods can’t stand the criticism and are typically very easy to pick apart. Atheists often attack weak arguments and then are criticized for not going after “serious arguments,” but what can we possibly tackle if all of the arguments do not stand philosophical scrutiny? Read More