|Taken from woodleywonderworks|
blog posts about logical fallacies (and will continue to do so occasionally),
but now I’d like to move to another phase of blog posts that I’m really excited
to start. I hope to hear perspectives from both sides of the debate, and to
foster a respectful dialogue to “work out” some contentious points in the
teenager, I engaged in blogs and debates on the subject for several hours per day, and I worked for a short period
of time for a pro-life organization. I was pretty inflexible in my beliefs on
the right to life, as 1) my brain had yet to finish developing, 2) I had never been taught critical-thinking skills, and 3) I had the blissful reassurance of “being right” that is common among fundamentalists. I had it in my mind that the pro-life side could answer any
and all objections pro-choicers came up with, and I saw no nuance or gray area
in the issue. I was honestly perplexed at how a pro-choicer couldn’t read pro-life answers to their objections and not simply be assured that the pro-life side was the way to go!
and took some Women’s Studies courses. Having a better understanding of how
women have been treated in a historical context suddenly brought a cloud of
uncertainty regarding the entire issue, and I essentially became very-reluctantly pro-life. Today I would describe myself merely as “reluctantly
of posts from both sides. My hope is to make a statement that is currently what
I believe, and to have both sides either confirm or reject my belief, and
provide me with reasons and evidence why. On the next post, I will highlight
the comments that I found compelling on both sides, and then open up the
discussion once more with the new information.
comments, if you would like to make a point to me directly, please comment with
an ORIGINAL comment directly on the post. On our blog in particular, a lot of
debate (both fruitful and tedious) occurs, and so if you have a great insight
hidden deep into a debate thread I may not see it.
help in fleshing out my reluctant positions and to see if my middle-of-the-road
outlook is truly reasonable) is to encourage respectful dialogue between both
information about fetal development does not answer the question of the worth of the fetus.
Reasoning: However a person
views the fetus will be based upon their own personal value system. Scientific
evidence may inform this view, but it
does not dictate the view. Science can answer emphatically certain questions, such as “Is the earth is experiencing severe climate change?” or “Is evolution is a
fact based on the evidence?”
So let’s see how this goes! We may have some kinks to work
out, but I hope that everyone participating will find these discussions
enlightening, helpful, and even fun!