Hello Internet, We Need to Have a Talk

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I watched a TED talk the other day. It was awful honestly. The point of the whole thing was basically that scientists are skeptical and skepticism is good so we need to listen to scientists.

That’s not a bad message honestly. You could do worse in twenty minutes than admonishing people to listen to experts rather than antivaxers.

But it completely glossed over the actual meaning of the word skepticism. And that’s kind of a big deal for me because I’m super snotty about these sorts of things.

But it completely glossed over the actual meaning of the word skepticism. And that’s kind of a big deal for me because I’m super snotty about these sorts of things.

But beyond my personal hang ups I also think Skepticism is becoming more and more important as our society loses its traditional authority structures.

Who’s Job is it to Know Things?

And scientists don’t really have all the answers either. They’re busy figuring out what everything is made of. And the picture they paint changes radically all the time.

There’s really no serious scientific inquiry into the vast majority of questions that our society needs answered or the questions an average individual is working through.

It leaves one to wonder whether or not our operating principles are based on anything nearly as objective as we like to pretend they are.

And as things begin to heat up politically this seems to be more and more of a problem. In every argument both sides seem to think they’re obviously right.

But if you actually look into it, it’s very unlikely that most people are really correct about the vast complicated issues they argue about. Worse yet, numerous studies showing that people argue more as a team building exercise and use numerous unconscious techniques to deceive themselves towards whatever arbitrary view they happened to have expressed support for.

Argue Like it Matters, Maybe it Will

Welcome to Argue. A site dedicated to the critique of human opinion. We’ll discuss – in simple terms – the ways humans learn, deceive and communicate. As well as some logical techniques to help breakdown complicated arguments.

Because it is ultimately up to all of us to figure the world out and make decisions in democracies. And at the moment we don’t seem to be very good at it.

Politics has become a drinking game.

Pseudo science has become trendy.

And sports can lead to rioting for some reason.

In the postmodern world we are firing all of our societal babysitters. For better or for worse we now make our own news and decide our own worldview.

Let’s at least learn how to talk about it.

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