Critical Thinking


Evidence for Christian Beliefs

People believe what they believe for cultural and emotional reasons and never for evidential reasons. They might indeed claim “evidence” and assert “evidence”, but examine it and … well no, none. What tends to happen is that we rationalise and stick on reasons later to explain the adherence to a specific position, sort of akin to popping on a sticking plaster. If you debate and debunk the presented reasons, what you will discover is that nothing changes at all, and […]

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Latest Poll: Christianity shrinking very fast in U.S

The Pew Research Center released their latest results yesterday for 2014, and what they have yielded is a result that is not really a surprise … “Christians Decline Sharply as Share of Population; Unaffiliated and Other Faiths Continue to Grow” OK, so let’s poke about in the numbers a bit and see what pops out, here is a summary of what has been happening since 2007 … It might indeed be tempting to think that people are becoming more rational […]

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Claim: “I don’t believe people who say they loathe Islam but not Muslims”

Andrew Brown over at the Guardian is rather gifted at constructing what can be best termed “Clickbait”, he often writes something that is so utterly absurd that it ends up sucking many into a heated debate. I’m never entirely sure if that is by design, or is simply the natural byproduct of what he writes, but either way, as far as the Guardian is concerned, he gets to keep his job for another day because they will be basking in all the traffic […]

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Impostor syndrome vs Dunning–Kruger, how does that work?

OK, just a bit of mild fun today. Ever felt that you are caught between a rock and a hard place? OK, so how about this. There is what is known as Impostor syndrome. This is where an individual is unable to come to terms with their abilities and skills, even when faced with clear decisive evidence that they are good at what they do. They feel that they are a fraud and do not deserve the recognition that they have […]

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The labels we embrace often do not truly tell anybody anything at all.

I’ve come across a posting that Aaminah Khan put up last year in which she explains that she is gay, a feminist, and also a Muslim. Yes really … There are three aspects of my identity that really can’t be untangled from each other: I am a queer woman. I am a feminist. And I believe that there is no god but Allah, and that Muhammad is Allah’s messenger. Yeah, it’s the third one that usually gets the record-scratch reaction. … er […]

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#QEDcon – Day2

This posting completes my QED pictures. Previously I’ve posted … Skepticamp pictures Day1 pictures (daytime) Day1 pictures (evening) Sunday morning greeting (after Saturday night) Michael Marshall – @MrMMarsh – Homeopathy in the UK Mike Smyth ‏@M1ke5myth  Text NOHP99 £5 to 70070 to donate £5 to @GoodThinkingSoc #homeopathy appeal. https://www.justgiving.com/Good-Thinking-Society-Appeal/3 …#QEDcon Hayley M. Stevens ‏@Hayleystevens  I was sold homeopathy after describing symptoms of a brain tumour as a test. #QEDcon pixie359 ‏@pixie359  Marsh was recommended homeopathy to prevent malaria. But not too much, or he’d start exhibiting malaria like symptoms. #qedcon Quackery […]

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