Reading Time: 3 minutes Everyone feels they are in possession of truth—not all of the truth, but just enough of it to operate honestly during daily hours of wakefulness. We think we hold truthful positions on many mundane matters and certainly on all really important matters, like politics, religion, and morals. But we are surely wrong about some things, […]
Reading Time: 10 minutes In the last two episodes of Global Humanist Shoptalk, I explored the question of human agency in relation to food. In “The Humanist Chicken Egg”, I reflected on how product choices are shaped by the cultures we inhabit. In “The Humanist Carbon Footprint”, I considered the onus placed on consumers to interpret manipulative labeling. But […]
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 […]
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 […]
Reading Time: < 1 minute We so often hear about left-wing bias of the mainstream media from those on the right. But there have been very salient examples of right-wing, imperialistic bias from these same sources. And people are calling them out on air. These examples are brilliant, as are the analyses from Novara Media. Honestly, watch this last video […]
Reading Time: < 1 minute I do not seek confirmation bias. I do not seek confirmation bias. I do not seek confirmation bias. I do not seek confirmation bias.
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 […]
Reading Time: < 1 minute This one comes from facebook. Couldn’t agree more: In the US, there are large swaths of voters (some examples seen here in this thread) to whom facts have become biased. Because their deeply held views have been shown to be false, the mere fact of presenting facts for deliberation is seen as bias or forceful […]
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).
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