The 10 Commandments of Epistemology

Be better at having discussions with people that have ideas different from your own.

I’ve made the plunge and I purchased the Atheos app. I highly recommend you do so as well if you are a lover of knowledge and would like to be better at having discussions with people that have ideas that differ from your own. While the app mostly applies to having discussions about religion, I’ve found myself using the method for navigating political/social issues too. In summary, here are the themes, or “10 commandments” of Epistemology. Continue reading “The 10 Commandments of Epistemology”

Conversations!

Have we all forgotten our humanity? Oh. Of course not–because humans also LOVE drama.

There’s a guy at the renaissance festival that runs a puppet stand for a character named “Lord Felton”. He sometimes roams the festival and you can see him and his puppet together, but other times, he parks himself behind a black curtain in a little booth and he (Lord Felton) hawks, “Cooooooo-nversations!” Kids go up to the booth to talk to the puppet, but are often at a loss at what to say to him. Next to him is a little roulette wheel with various topics written in chalk on it. Spin the wheel and off they go! Conversations last anywhere from 30 seconds to a few minutes. He’s one of my favorite characters at the festival, and he’s really fun to watch. Continue reading “Conversations!”

Mom, Dad, I’m Atheist.

…but I’m waiting for the right moment to tell you about it. 🙂

I get rattled really easily. I am a musician, but I hate recitals. I can play all day long in the corner of a restaurant, or busk on a street where no one is paying much attention to me. As soon as you get me up on a stage where eyes and ears are trained on me, I just completely fall apart. What tends to help in situations like this is over-preparation. So that’s what this article is about—over-preparation. If I get a good opportunity to tell my parents about my atheism, I’ll have my thoughts gathered.

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Never Ask “Why”

—Chris Voss

Limit discourse to “how” and “what” and sometimes “why” questions. I’d say probably rarely “why”, because anytime I ask you “why”, it’s an accusation. People never ask anybody “why?” unless they think you’re wrong. “Why do you want that?” or “Why did you do what you did?” Change your “why” to “what”. “What made you want that?” or “What caused you to do what you did?” Why is always an accusation, and unless you very carefully calculate for it, you don’t want the defensiveness it’s going to create. Continue reading “Never Ask “Why””