Logical errors that influence our ability to discern the truth

How everyday commonplace errors and fallacies distort our ability to get closer to truth

Steve Schlichter 0 1866 Article rating: 5.0

Instead of a debate, we are going to discuss beliefs and how we justify them. What makes a belief that we hold a justified true belief? This is a useful exercise; not only in debates, but politics, and everyday life. Beliefs we hold can vary and be a cause for disagreement but the tools we use and arguments we employ to justify those beliefs are objectively valid or fallacious and the methods used for drawing closer to truth should be areas that we all agree on.

So, this discussion is not about what we believe but how we arrive at conclusions and the errors that we make in getting there. Part of the discussion will entail Greg Richardson, Chris Samuels, and Scott Cherry spending some time on a specific fallacy that they encounter and how to recognize it.


The Problem of Evil

The problem of evil does not prove God is absent. It points to his future actions.

Steve Schlichter 0 1527 Article rating: 5.0

What is the Problem of Evil?

The problem of evil (PoE) is a philosophical argument. It is probably the strongest argument an atheist might have to justify atheism. It is said that the existence of evil proves that God is either not all good or not all powerful (and therefore does not exist as defined by monotheistic faiths). If God does not want evil to exist then he is not all that good. If he simply cannot stop evil then he is not all that powerful. 

What is legal plunder?

How collectivism leads to theft

Steve Schlichter 0 1912 Article rating: 5.0
"Sometimes the law defends plunder and participates in it. Thus the beneficiaries are spared the shame, danger, and scruple which their acts would otherwise involve. Sometimes the law places the whole apparatus of judges, police, prisons, and gendarmes at the service of the plunderers, and treats the victim — when he defends himself — as a criminal. In short, there is a legal plunder...