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Debating Religion

AC Grayling speaking at 2010 Global Atheist Co...

This piece on NPR brought back a point I recently saw PZ. Myers make about debates.

The NPR debate is “Would The World Be Better Off Without Religion?” and it is an entertaining listen.

That said, debates are a terrible as a tool to determine the truth of something.

Mostly debates highlight the skill of an individual to pull emotional strings and “win” an argument.

It’s a format well-suited for our television age, but the outcome is a predictable appeal to emotion and zingers, and away from dealing with the actual evidence.

-Chris

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November 21, 2011 - Posted by | Religion | , , , , , , ,

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