Wireless Philosophy – An Introduction to Critical Thinking

Critical thinking

Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is a topic oft raised by members of the atheist community.  We often like to promote ourselves as ‘the rational ones’, and we often see atheists telling members of the theist community that they need to apply critical thinking to their beliefs.  How many atheists have actually studied critical thinking though?  While I do try my best to introduce my own original work in each Answers in Reason article that I post, I thought a nice change of pace, and an informative and useful change of pace, would be to share various YouTube, Blog, and Podcast series or shows that may help people learn a little more about various topics such as critical thinking, ethics, epistemology, and various other subjects included in philosophy.  As my first such share I introduce a YouTube channel called Wireless Philosophy, and their series on Critical Thinking.  The videos themselves are reasonably short, but packed full of information.  They are worth a watch, whether you are new to the topic of critical thinking or are already well-informed.

 

 

 

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About Dave Rowlands

Hi there! I'm Dave, as my username suggests. I am a life long atheist, having never developed a belief in God. That is not to say that I do not enjoy a good discussion about God, and discussions involving the philosophy of religion; I just do not believe in God. I have an undergrad degree in Philosophy and Psychology, though my heart lies more in Philosophy than it does Psychology. Which is why I am currently doing a masters degree in Philosophy, which I (hopefully) should finish next year. It is also part of the reason I enjoy discussions involving God and the philosophy of religion, so long as those discussions are curteous and two way. The question of whether God exists is a large one, and impacts our foundational beliefs, and much of what we believe is impacted by whether or not we believe God exists. However, my interests go much further than simply philosophy of religion of course, and I enjoy discussing a wide range of philosophical topics. With some of my favourite topics being things the self, philosophy of mind, epistemology, aesthetics, and ethics. I spend much of my time studying, but I also enjoy reading philosophy outside of my studies too. I also enjoy reading horror and scifi. I am also a big fan of films, with my favourite genres being horror and scifi there too. There are also lots of TV shows and video games that I enjoy too. While I don't do quite as much of it these days, I also like writing my thoughts, with the best of those writings being published here on AiR. I would also be happy to discuss any topics with any of our readers, so long as those discussions were courteous, two way, and with the intention of exploring topics, rather than simply talking at me. For those that have taken the time to read my work, I thank you, and am very grateful that you have given me a slice of your time.

2 Responses to Wireless Philosophy – An Introduction to Critical Thinking

  1. jakefelasco says:

    Dave writes, “..we often see atheists telling members of the theist community that they need to apply critical thinking to their beliefs.”

    Yes, true of course. What we see far less often are atheists applying critical thinking to their own beliefs. That’s the process which determines whether someone is really a person of reason, or just another ideologist.

    Atheists are often eager to challenge the qualifications of holy books to provide credible answers to the very largest of questions, as they should. It is however rare to find an atheist who is equally eager to apply this entirely valid challenge to their own chosen authority, human reason.

    In my view, that’s when these subjects start to become interesting, when all chosen authorities of all parties have been challenged with equal rigor, and all found to lack proven qualifications.

    • Facebook Profile photoDavidian says:

      I agree. I have noted that many of the atheist community will not second guess themselves.

      I know some who have spent ages critically analysing any evidence for the existence of god, or any pseudoscientific claim and then have reached a point where suddenly they don’t fact check any more.

      I understand that it can take a lot of work to get to a certain position, but sometimes you might have got there in a faulty way, or misunderstand certain aspects. Be the definitions of “objective” and “subjective” in relation to morals and morality, the definition of atheism, evidence for an alternative medical procedure that is showing promise or what.

      We are people. We are fallible. It does frustrate me that those of us whom pride us on how sceptical, critical and rational we are can act so irrationally and uncritically. I have been guilty of it myself.
      Sometimes when changing a mind, or having you mind changed, respect matters: https://www.answers-in-reason.com/misc/changing-mind-respect-matters/