[Today’s guest post by Nate Sheets in the first of a series. The next post in the series will arrive sometime next week.]
One pattern I often see online is that people shape their worldviews in black and white. It doesn’t matter what the subject is: abortion, euthanasia, gay marriage, Dr. Who, the President, or pumpkin spice lattes–everyone seems to have an opinion, and that opinion seems to rarely declare: “there is grey area here!”
I have only recently begun to think critically using certain logical skills. While I have been an atheist for at least 5 years, and a pro-lifer since being a teenager, I only began to recently understand what it means to really think critically. What I found was a whole new world of perspective, leading me to fewer sure opinions, more “I-don’t-know”s, and increased wonderment at the universe.
|Politicians often rely on logical fallacies and making assertions without evidence. (From xkcd)|