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How to Not Lose an Argument

This post was actually pretty enlightening. I've had the typical religious debate with a theist before, and I use to go ahead with the 'kill them with arguments' method, and I did notice that it left people more convinced of their beliefs than they were before, even if I 'won' the argument.

Priming and Contamination

I first heard of cognitive priming on a TED talk where a guy from Skeptic magazine was explaining 'pseudoscience and weird beliefs'. They played a popular song backward, most of the audience couldn't hear anything that sounded like words. But when the supposed 'lyrics' of the backward song were put on the screen, everyone could clearly hear the words 'satan' and '666' and entire sentences that were supposedly there. It was easy to hear once we were 'primed' for it, even though normally no one would have heard anything but gibberish.

2satt10ySounds a lot like Simon Singh's demonstration [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bG7EFhMw8w&t=16s] with "Stairway to Heaven".
6Manfred10yThis post was probably downvoted because you're drastically underestimating how much wiggle room religious apologists have, and so came up with the wrong sort of test, a test which wouldn't be possible. For starters, things are never proven to an infinite standard, and so the "god of the gaps [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_of_the_gaps]" approach is viable no matter what experiment you do. Or God could create a simulation perfect enough that those inside cannot tell. And for reasons like having really small telescopes compared to the universe, looking at infinite time scales is hard. Exercise: think up your own way to defend a religious belief from a piece of evidence.
Theory of Knowledge (rationality outreach)

Im a sophomore in IB at the moment, and i've heard a lot about ToK. I'm pretty excited about it, many of the older students say it changed the way they view things, and that our school's ToK teacher is exceptional. Apparently at the beginning of the first class of the year, the first thing the student's are asked is 'how do you know 2 plus 2 equals 4?'. And in the IB MYP, not all the kids are that motivated, but they're 'filtered out' before the diploma program. I attend a IB world school here in Canada and i live in an area with relatively high immigration rates, so there's a lot of competition since immigrants (like my parents) are obsessed with education.

0KPier10yWelcome to LessWrong! [http://lesswrong.com/lw/2ku/welcome_to_less_wrong_2010/] A lot of the content on this site has helped me answer the questions ToK asks. What is Evidence [http://lesswrong.com/lw/jl/what_is_evidence/] is a good place to start.