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Why Must You Read the Other Side’s Arguments?

| September 10, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Recently I had some dialogue with a person on the blog, and it became obvious quickly that this person had almost exclusively read material written by one side of a debate. Not only was he not aware of arguments and evidence on the other side, but he was way overconfident in […]

Will You Wait for a Long Answer to Your Short Question?

| August 18, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Questions can be really short. Why is there so much evil in the world? Who is God? Why did Jesus have to die? Why do you think Christianity is true? What is the meaning of life? Most of the time, though, answers are a heck of a lot longer. On this […]

The Comfy Cocoon of Knowing You’re Right

| May 30, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt Imagine a man named Charles. Charles is dogmatic about his beliefs concerning the origin of the universe, the existence of God, right and wrong. Charles is an evangelist who loves telling people about his beliefs. He writes a lot of blog posts and sometimes he comments on other people’s blog posts. […]

What Is a Step by Step Argument Showing that Christianity is True?

| April 25, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt Anyone who has read my blog for the last several years knows that I am a big fan of the book I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist by Norman Geisler and Frank Turek. I have quoted from the book many times and pointed my readers to it again and […]

What Are the Implications of the Halo Effect?

| April 16, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  In the previous post, we looked at the halo effect, as explained by psychologist Daniel Kahneman, in his book Thinking, Fast and Slow. We saw that the halo effect causes us to overweight our first impressions of a person so that subsequent impressions are largely influenced by those first impressions. If we like […]

What Is the Halo Effect?

| April 14, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  It has nothing to do with the popular video game, but like confirmation bias, it is a concept you need to understand because it impacts all of us, and we are mostly unaware. Psychologist Daniel Kahneman, in his book Thinking, Fast and Slow, describes the halo effect. If you like the president’s politics, you […]

What Is Confirmation Bias?

| April 9, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Confirmation bias is a concept you need to understand because it impacts all of us, and we are mostly unaware. Psychologist Daniel Kahneman, in his book Thinking, Fast and Slow, describes confirmation bias in the context of a person being presented with a statement that they can choose to believe or not believe. Kahneman […]

Why Do We See Causality All Around Us?

| April 7, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Psychologist Daniel Kahneman, in his book Thinking, Fast and Slow, describes the concept of intentional causality. According to Kahneman, Your mind is ready and even eager to identify agents, assign them personality traits and specific intentions, and view their actions as expressing individual propensities. Here again, the evidence is that we […]

Why Do We Answer the Questions We Weren’t Asked?

| March 24, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Psychologist Daniel Kahneman, in his book Thinking Fast and Slow, has introduced us to the two processes going on inside our minds: System 1 and System 2. We’ve already looked at the fact that System 1 kicks in first when we are approached by a situation with which we aren’t familiar. […]

How Do We React When We Encounter Something New? (Not Rationally)

| March 17, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Have you ever noticed the reactions you get when you present a new concept to someone, a new argument, a new piece of unexpected data? Unless the person with whom you are speaking is already familiar with what you are saying, you often get some kind of emotional or irrational response […]

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