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Posted inEducation

Why aren’t schools robustly teaching critical thinking? No time

Reading Time: 5 minutes American public schools are teaching our kids too much and too little simultaneously. It’s too much what to think and not enough how—like how to think critically, analytically, about all the factual information they’re being taught. The critical “how” responsibility of education is being lost in the crowded shuffle of coursework. Before you learn how […]

Posted inCritical thinking

Authority! What is it good for?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Greetings, Shoptalkers! In my last column, “Conspiracy cultivation”, I explored three rhetorical moves that our info silos share with the communities that create fringe theorists. In this week’s “Tooling Around”, let’s hash out ways that we can make the conversation less toxic. By reducing our fixation on authority “from the margins”, we can become better […]

Posted inPolitics

The Return of Jesus and the Radicalization of American Politics

Reading Time: 10 minutes Stop me if you’ve heard any of these before: “President Obama isn’t going to allow another election to happen. He’s going to use a crisis development of one kind or another to suspend the U.S. Constitution and declare himself dictator of the country.” “Hillary Clinton hates God and hates Christians, and she’s going to round up […]

Posted inEthics

Where I stand with Islam and violence now

Reading Time: 3 minutes I have been quite outspoken in recent times about what I believe to be a necessary and inescapable connection between Islam, as properly understood (yes, that notion is wrought with issue) and violence (and intolerance). I have even debated this publicly and given a public talk on the topic (at the University of Exeter).

Posted inPhilosophy

(Liberal) Implicit Egotism Fallacy or Bias and Islam (again)

Reading Time: 2 minutes I was talking recently to a fellow liberal who happened to be a Hindu making correctly scathing attacks on UKIP, media bias and misrepresentation and, you guessed it, Islam. Again I was somewhat frustrated that an intelligent and informed guy was getting so much right and yet made one big error. I see it so often and have been involved in debating it here and here that I had to answer my critics here

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