Stuff you may have missed for April 22, 2012

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Setting Ground Rules

There is little sense is discussing issues with people who are not interested in the truth, and it is difficult to reason with people who are not able to recognize what constitutes a fallacious argument.

In an attempt to prevent myself for wasting my time, I have formed two ground rules for which “believers” will need to pass before I seriously consider engaging with them in any great depth.


My first rule addresses the openness of the discussion. There is little to discuss if only one person is open to new information.

Of course, I am not going to leave them high and dry – If they want it explained, I am happy to refer to the QualiaSoup video on open-mindedness:

My second rule seeks to establish a framework that prevents fallacious conclusions. We can not reason with people who can not reason.

If someone is unfamiliar with logical fallacies, some of these are explained at a recently launched website called Your Logical Fallacy Is

Though, if they have failed the rule two, I am happy to provide links to resources that will help them develop critical thinking skills.

Stuff you may have missed for April 12, 2012

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AronRa’s Foundational Falsehood Series


In an effort to make it easier to promote science and critical thinking, I have made short links of AronRa’s “Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism”; the descriptions are rather brief, but if you have not watched the series, I highly recommend it.

AronRa puts forward much of the basis for why we know evolution happens, and exposes the fallacious arguments creationists use to refute evolution.

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Acceptance of the evidence for Evolution is not exclusive to atheists.
On Bible, focusing on the problems of claiming it was written by Yahweh, rather than people.
Absolute truth does not exist, and scientists don’t claim to have all the answers.
This episodes focuses on a raft to biblical errors (assuming you take the bible literally) – Belief is NOT the same as knowledge
Focuses on the requirement for evidence to support claims, and tears in to evangelicals for proclaiming knowledge they do not have.
The misrepresentation of evolution and the clumping together of dozens of fields of study as “evolutionism” for systematic denial.
Explaining what evolution IS and is NOT.
Runs over mutations.
Evolution is NOT random;
On the misrepresentations of Genetic Mutations
On Transitional Fossils
On the classification of living things
Speciation and Macroevolution
Creationism is NOT science, it is apologetics.
Evolution is not a work of Fraud.
Creation is NOT evident (Part 1)
Creation is NOT evident (Part 2)
Evolution is NOT “just a theory” (Part 1)
Evolution is NOT “just a theory” (Part 2)