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Logic_on_rails
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11/20/2011 5:22:32 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
Unclear title I suppose. What I want this thread to be about is a list of links or resources in general that can get people up to speed in various subjects. I'd like various levels of links if possible, but recognise the difficulty of such a task.

The reason is simple. Often in topics like say, philosophy, it's difficult to get engaged into some discussions due to a lack of knowledge. When ones tries to learn something they get a link to say the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, which while a great source isn't a great learning guide for relatively new people. I want a set of links for various subjects to help enable people to have enough knowledge to take part in discussions intelligently.

I start things off:

Beginner:

Economics: http://mises.org...
Religious philosophy: http://www.philosophyofreligion.info...
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11/20/2011 5:34:47 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
Definitely a cool thread. I can't think of anything right now though.
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11/21/2011 2:02:27 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
Putting a post in to garner some attention - this thread actually serves a purpose, unlike most.
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11/22/2011 3:20:32 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
Economics- though Mises.org is definitely sufficient, Econlib is also a good choice. <http://www.econlib.org...;

Philosophy- The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, while not as extensive, is more accessible than the Stanford Encyclopedia and still adequately(in my opinion) covers a broad range of topics. <http://www.iep.utm.edu...;

Public Policy- I think The Reason Foundation is a concise source on a diverse range of issues from drug policy to charter schools/ <http://reason.org...;
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11/24/2011 9:47:45 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
Foreign Relations: Council on Foreign Relations

Fareed Zakaria: just search his name with pretty much any subject and he's written an amazing article on it. Read his views on value added taxes.

Cato: really good studies on various issues, like the failure of the Drug War
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11/24/2011 10:41:22 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
Scholar.google.com and pewresearch.com
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12/10/2011 7:58:50 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
Creationism

The Counter-Creationism Handbook is valuable, particularly in providing examples of species evolved in recent times and other things claimed to not exist. http://www.amazon.com... The talkorigins.org achieves has most of the material on line. http://www.talkorigins.org...

Young Earth Creationism

This is the essential reference to scientific dating methods, including carbon dating, is Quaternary Dating Methods. http://www.wiley.com... It includes many methods and references to papers on cross-checking the methods.

The Argument from Evil

Nonbelief and Evil: Two Arguments for the Nonexistence of God
by Theodore Drange is, I think, the ultimate reference on the philosophical arguments related to the existence of the O3 God. http://www.philosophynow.org...

Global Warming

The Hockey Stick Illusion: Climategate and the Corruption of Science by A.W. Montford is an exhaustive account of the errors that led to the famous graph, centerpiece of the 2000 IPCC Report, that indicated we'd all be dead from global warming by 2010 or thereabout. It shows why scientists shouldn't be allowed to play with statistics packages without adult supervision.

The books from Patrick Michaels on global warming are very good, although they tend to be at a technical for the average reader.

Conspiracy Theories

Many conspiracy theories endure for decades, some for centuries. Eventually you'll probably hear them all, so might as well get a head start on debunking all the garbage with Voodoo Histories: The Role of Conspiracy Theory in shaping Modern History by David Aaronovitch. Michael Barkun's A Culture of Conspiracy is more academic treatment, and harder to read.

Why Smart People Believe Weird Things

I think every serious debater should read Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time by Shermer and Gould http://www.amazon.com... Ordinary people may have trouble rationalizing weird beliefs, but smart people can rationalize anything. It's important to understand how it's done.

skepticblog http://www.skepticblog.org... has many good articles by Shermer and others exposing pseudoscience.

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A good way to find references is to search for past debates on the subject on debate.org. This seems obvious, but many seem to miss it.

When doing Google searches try to come up with different phrases that treat the same topic. sometimes when out get a few hits it will reveal the magic phrases that people who know the subject always use. For example, "carbon dating" is under the topic of "radiometric dating." and "sediment layers" are "varves."
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12/10/2011 8:41:17 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
I dont know if this strictly falls in line with this thread, but here are a couple of places to go if you are interested in learning about debate strategy. They arent strictly applicable to either this website or real world arguments, but a lot of the general ideas can help you understand how argumentative analysis functions:

http://debate-central.ncpa.org...
http://debate-central.ncpa.org...