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Introduction To Critical Thinking

Freeman
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7/26/2010 8:38:23 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
If anyone is interested in learning about how to be a better critical thinker, then I'm interested in helping you as best I can. To achieve this goal, I am going to help teach about some of the basic elements of critical thinking and debate, with the help of other people on Debate.org. Of course, I can't do this all by myself, so it would be nice if other people would volunteer to help as teachers.

Volunteer Teachers:

1. Freeman
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3.
etc.

Some ideas for a syllabus would also be nice.

Students:

1.
2.
3.
etc.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will know:

How to form valid syllogisms.

How to identify logical fallacies.

The Toulmin model of argumentation.

The logical rules of inference.

How to use evidence skillfully and impartially.

How to organize your thoughts and articulate them coherently.

What constitutes good evidence/sources.

This course will include viewing three debates and critically examining current debates on the site. If you are interested in being a teacher or a student, then please feel free to sign up. The "class" will meet once a week or so in a forum thread to discuss one of the various topics.
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lovelife
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7/26/2010 8:53:03 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
...what? I don't think this class will really work out.
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Sobriquet
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7/26/2010 9:05:43 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
If it happens, I'd probably be down to learn a thing or two.
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7/26/2010 9:07:30 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 7/26/2010 9:05:43 PM, Sobriquet wrote:
If it happens, I'd probably be down to learn a thing or two.

Same
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Alex
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7/26/2010 9:10:42 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
I am freeman, and i'm here to teach you how to be an atheist. sign up below.
Why kill people who kill people to show that killing people is wrong?
Volkov
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7/26/2010 9:12:19 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 7/26/2010 9:10:42 PM, alex_hanson911 wrote:
I am freeman, and i'm here to teach you how to be an atheist. sign up below.

See? This was only a few seconds after my post.
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7/26/2010 9:14:46 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
And btw that wasnt saying that anything other than atheism isn't logical/coherent or that atheism is any better or more sound than theism, I just figure that freemans teaching will have a huge atheism bias.
Why kill people who kill people to show that killing people is wrong?
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7/26/2010 9:16:01 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
And btw that wasnt saying that anything other than atheism isn't logical/coherent or that atheism is any better or more sound than theism, I just figure that freemans teaching will have a huge atheist bias.
Why kill people who kill people to show that killing people is wrong?
GeoLaureate8
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7/26/2010 9:19:44 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 7/26/2010 9:14:46 PM, alex_hanson911 wrote:
And btw that wasnt saying that anything other than atheism isn't logical/coherent or that atheism is any better or more sound than theism, I just figure that freemans teaching will have a huge atheism bias.

Honestly, Freeman tends to be very unbiased. And logic and critical thinking doesn't have anything to do with God. Logic and critical thinking are to be applied to God.
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Freeman
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7/26/2010 9:32:42 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 7/26/2010 9:16:01 PM, alex_hanson911 wrote:
And btw that wasnt saying that anything other than atheism isn't logical/coherent or that atheism is any better or more sound than theism, I just figure that freemans teaching will have a huge atheist bias.

I think I'm fair. At any rate, learning about critical thinking is very important.
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7/26/2010 10:10:04 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 7/26/2010 9:53:29 PM, wjmelements wrote:
I'm interested in what he has to say. I'll be a student.

You should be a teacher.
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Freeman
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7/26/2010 10:14:33 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 7/26/2010 10:11:45 PM, Cody_Franklin wrote:
I'm not sure whether I would fit more into the student or teacher category.

You're a teacher, Cody.
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GeoLaureate8
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7/26/2010 10:18:23 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
I would need learning in the area of argumentation, but not logic and critical thinking.
"We must raise the standard of the Old, free, decentralized, and strictly limited Republic."
-- Murray Rothbard

"The worst thing that can happen to a good cause is, not to be skillfully attacked, but to be ineptly defended."
-- Frederic Bastiat
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7/26/2010 10:19:46 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 7/26/2010 10:18:23 PM, GeoLaureate8 wrote:
I would need learning in the area of argumentation, but not logic and critical thinking.

you think lizards rule the world.
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GeoLaureate8
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7/26/2010 10:21:36 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 7/26/2010 10:19:46 PM, badger wrote:
At 7/26/2010 10:18:23 PM, GeoLaureate8 wrote:
I would need learning in the area of argumentation, but not logic and critical thinking.

you think lizards rule the world.

Nothing about that assertion defies logic. It's just lacking a bit of concrete evidence.
"We must raise the standard of the Old, free, decentralized, and strictly limited Republic."
-- Murray Rothbard

"The worst thing that can happen to a good cause is, not to be skillfully attacked, but to be ineptly defended."
-- Frederic Bastiat
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7/26/2010 10:23:20 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 7/26/2010 10:21:36 PM, GeoLaureate8 wrote:
At 7/26/2010 10:19:46 PM, badger wrote:
At 7/26/2010 10:18:23 PM, GeoLaureate8 wrote:
I would need learning in the area of argumentation, but not logic and critical thinking.

you think lizards rule the world.

Nothing about that assertion defies logic. It's just lacking a bit of concrete evidence.

Lol.
badger
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7/26/2010 10:23:23 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 7/26/2010 10:21:36 PM, GeoLaureate8 wrote:
At 7/26/2010 10:19:46 PM, badger wrote:
At 7/26/2010 10:18:23 PM, GeoLaureate8 wrote:
I would need learning in the area of argumentation, but not logic and critical thinking.

you think lizards rule the world.

Nothing about that assertion defies logic. It's just lacking a bit of concrete evidence.

you conveniently left critical thinking outa that...
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Freeman
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7/26/2010 10:25:37 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 7/26/2010 10:15:19 PM, badger wrote:
well i guess i'm not needed so lol.

You're going to be a teacher, too.
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7/26/2010 10:25:52 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 7/26/2010 10:21:36 PM, GeoLaureate8 wrote:
At 7/26/2010 10:19:46 PM, badger wrote:
At 7/26/2010 10:18:23 PM, GeoLaureate8 wrote:
I would need learning in the area of argumentation, but not logic and critical thinking.

you think lizards rule the world.

Nothing about that assertion defies logic. It's just lacking a bit of concrete evidence.

Justificatory standards of inference?
badger
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7/26/2010 10:26:48 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 7/26/2010 10:25:37 PM, Freeman wrote:
At 7/26/2010 10:15:19 PM, badger wrote:
well i guess i'm not needed so lol.

You're going to be a teacher, too.

you're not serious...
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GeoLaureate8
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7/26/2010 10:27:37 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 7/26/2010 10:23:23 PM, badger wrote:
At 7/26/2010 10:21:36 PM, GeoLaureate8 wrote:
Nothing about that assertion defies logic. It's just lacking a bit of concrete evidence.

you conveniently left critical thinking outa that...

Actually, the "critical thinking" involved in criticizing the proposition is usually lacking. Usually the ones using inductive argument apply more critical thinking than those who attempt to refute the assertion.
"We must raise the standard of the Old, free, decentralized, and strictly limited Republic."
-- Murray Rothbard

"The worst thing that can happen to a good cause is, not to be skillfully attacked, but to be ineptly defended."
-- Frederic Bastiat
Freeman
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7/26/2010 10:31:25 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
Current Roster

Volunteer Teachers:

1. Freeman
2. Cody_Franklin
3.

Students:

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2.
3.
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