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How to Make a Good Argument (and Avoid Making a Bad One)

Every semester (almost), I have a day that is the highlight of my semester. Yesterday, I had one of those days. One of the classes I am teaching this semester is environmental ethics. In this class, my students and I have been working on developing a strong philosophical framework for environmental ethics and applying this… Continue reading How to Make a Good Argument (and Avoid Making a Bad One)

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How to Be Intellectually Honest: Avoiding Argument Pitfall #3: Circular Reasoning

This post is a part of a series on thinking critically. You can find links to other posts in this series at the end of the post. If you are anything like me, you have issues you care a lot about. They may be religious or political or ethical, or they may be issues pertaining… Continue reading How to Be Intellectually Honest: Avoiding Argument Pitfall #3: Circular Reasoning

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How to Detect Your Own Bias and Prejudices–Argument Pitfall #2: Hasty Generalization

This post is one post in a series on thinking well. When we learn to think well, it can help us to live more powerful, clear, and purposeful lives. Thinking well also helps us solve problems and become the boss of ourselves, and so it can help us feel more in control in the best… Continue reading How to Detect Your Own Bias and Prejudices–Argument Pitfall #2: Hasty Generalization

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Propaganda Never Looks Like Propaganda When We’re Being Propagandized (How Can We Detect It?)

You have probably heard of the dangers of propaganda before. Propaganda is a misinformation tactic that some leaders use to control their follower's perception of reality and to shut down their critical thinking and conscience. Controlling Followers Leaders who use propaganda (I am going to call them P Leaders to stand for Propagandistic Leaders) usually… Continue reading Propaganda Never Looks Like Propaganda When We’re Being Propagandized (How Can We Detect It?)

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Five Ways to Think More Critically (and How it Benefits You)

Most of us have heard the phrase think critically before, and most of us understand that thinking critically is important. We may even have a strong desire to improve our own critical thinking skills. Despite all of these good feelings and intentions, we may not have a very clear idea of what critical thinking is.… Continue reading Five Ways to Think More Critically (and How it Benefits You)

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On Mad Scientists, Identity, and the Ship of Theseus: A Philosophy Game with My Nephew

Over Thanksgiving, I got to spend some time with my nephews, and I ended up having a philosophy conversation with my preteen nephew, J. I used to be a middle and high school teacher and have always loved preteens and teenagers. I find that when they become interested in a topic, they often have a… Continue reading On Mad Scientists, Identity, and the Ship of Theseus: A Philosophy Game with My Nephew

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Why Calling People a “Sensitive Snowflake” Demonstrates Inconsistent and Fallacious Thinking

Snowflake: In the past seven eight years or so, this has become a common term of derision. Where Did it Come From? Using the term snowflake as an insult is nothing particularly new. For example, the term snowflake was used after the Civil War to deride folks who were opposed to abolition. In the 70’s,… Continue reading Why Calling People a “Sensitive Snowflake” Demonstrates Inconsistent and Fallacious Thinking