Tag: Critical Thinking

Hammering Rationality – SciPhi

Rationality and Hammers? We come back round to rationality, as well as hammers! What do hammers have to do with rationality? Tune in to find out! The conversation will include, but will not be limited to: What is Rationality? How does Rationality relate to Reason? Are there any tools that can help you with rationality? Without those tools, can you be rational? Is there a limit to rationality? Bonus AMA and guest stars at the end! The Bonus AMA As…


Critical Thinking and Scepticism – SciPhi: 025

Critical Thinking and Scepticism In this stream, we discuss what makes one a good sceptic as well as discuss pseudo-scepticism, denialism, and cynicism. Are you a good sceptic or are you actually a denialist? Please note, this is not a tutorial in regards to either critical thinking or scepticism, it is a brief overview and a discussion of its application by online sceptics. If you would like to do some reading on things that may come up in the stream…


Wireless Philosophy – An Introduction to 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…


Religious Apologetics – The Science of Excuses

Defining Apologetics Apologetics may be simply defined as the defense of the faith. The simplicity of this definition, however, masks the complexity of the problem of defining apologetics. It turns out that a diversity of approaches has been taken to defining the meaning, scope, and purpose of apologetics. From Apologia to Apologetics The word “apologetics” derives from the Greek word apologia, which was originally used of a speech of defense or an answer given in reply. In ancient Athens it…


Letter To A Concerned Free Thinker 3 – The Great Wager

Dear Thinker. Across your journey of self-enlightenment, you shall meet many a con-man who offers their version of reality in manners that are palpable to your ears. You will meet men who speak eloquently, look sophisticated, and yet hold irrational beliefs based purely on their situation; the situation that chance allowed them to be born into. I am talking of course to the men in suits who adorn themselves in the relics of conformity and piety – sharp in wit,…


Letters To A Concerned Free Thinker 2 – Socrates And Knowledge

Dear thinker. A confident stand on the Limitations of a person’s capability to fully know about their existence is a defining step in the maturity of a human being; as to be self-aware of those limitations gives person grounds, not only to improve in their understanding, but also their perspective as well. Knowledge begins when enquiry begins; to ask leads to finding answers, by which one uses methodologies (ways of finding out the answers to questions they have) to systematically…


Letters To A Concerned Free Thinker 1 – Purpose

Letters To A Concerned Free Thinker 1 – Purpose   Dear Thinker. The worst human crime that one can bestow upon another, the crime that one should not seek to spread, is the crime of appropriated purpose; it is a crime to tell someone what their purpose is. I once was asked by a stranger, well walking past the usual corner store that I pass on my trips home from my department, the question: “What is the purpose of life?”…