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Rational Debating 101

Thank God for Atheists!

If there is one place in society where philosophy and science are still debated with great verve it’s in the realm of Atheism blogs.  However you feel about God, or the lack thereof, what we do need in this world are better rules for discourse and JT from Atheismresource.com is the originator of the chart that’s been making the rounds in the blogosphere that is both funny and extremely well done.  

It is, unfortunately, a testimony to the very irrational prejudices and poor manners that still plague us all that most versions of the chart we see on-line have been altered to remove the original attribution because apparently – knowing that an Atheist may have drawn up the rules for having a rational discussion will somehow invalidate the concept.  

Perhaps that’s true.  Perhaps the very people who most need to read and follow these rules are the very same people who won’t read past the the title on the top left of the chart and the dreaded word "Atheism."  If you are one of those people, please consider:  Is it really possible that a concept is invalid just because you don’t like the source?  I will say that, as soon as I can get our site hosted on IBM’s Watson, I will hardwire these rules into the system so we can kick out all those conversations that aren’t going anywhere.   Well, a guy can dream, can’t he?

 

 


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  1. In matters of opinion, debate is pointless.
    If I say f’r instance, that the Civil War was a monstrous calamity that had over 2,000,000 casualties, along with 2,000,000 of their families, and was perpetrated on the american people by the tyrant, Abe Lincoln, and his fellow republicans, Seward, Chase,  Blair, and others, who were all Evangelical Christians and furthermore, totally, completely abominable and unnecessary to free the slaves and, that the Democrats were right to attempt to avoid war and allow the southern states to secede,  that we would be all be far better off today with two countries instead of one on this part of the North American continent, I am likely to encounter many opinions that would disagree with me.
    And so what. 
    There is nothing that can change my mind that the Civil War has been indoctrinated, Lincoln enshrined, and the south vilified to us and painted by media as some kind of heroic effort and worth every horrrific death, every mangled limb, oceans of blood and guts lying on the grounds of Vicksburg, Atlanta, Gettysburg, and all the others.  That the money spent on the waging of the war could have been used to further the cause of abolition peaceably, afer secession, I’d find a limitless number of opinions put to me.
    And no one can "prove" a thing of what they say except the facts, the data, the casualties.


  2. Can you envision anything that will change your mind on this topic?