What is the value of online debate? Do we ever change anyone’s mind by debating online?
Concluding my look at Professor Tim Noakes’ column in the December edition of The Big Issue, as well as highlighting the problem in a proposed debate at the upcoming LCHF summit.
Prof Tim Noakes has written a love-letter to confirmation bias for the end-of-year edition of The Big Issue. Here’s the first instalment of some comment on his contribution.
Yesterday, twelve people died for blasphemy. Be clear about at least one thing: regardless of your views on religion, or on the role that Islam (or monotheism more generally) might play […]
Both Douglas Gibson and Xolela Mangcu are perhaps wrong about race in recent contributions they have made to South African debates.
Some thoughts on three concepts related to freedom of speech in the modern era of social media.
The “war on Christmas” mischaracterises atheists, to be sure, but it’s also true that many atheists are fairly obnoxious.
On Twitter yesterday, Helen Zille called atheists the worst kind of fundamentalists. And even though reaction to her has been uncharitable, she does need to think more carefully about these issues.
Best Buy had no reason to apologise for their Serial tweet, and constantly lowering the bar for what counts as offence is a bad idea, in principle.
The annual Freedom of Report has been released by the IHEU. The 2014 edition again features all countries across the world, and describes persecution and discrimination against the non-religious.