Scientific & Critical Thinking… Isn’t Natural • In many ways, those who actively engage in critical thinking (especially regarding deep personal beliefs – e.g. religion & politics) are the exception rather than the rule. • Even many skeptics, myself included, all-too-easily slip into non-critical modes of thinking on a regular basis. • So why do we expect our opponents (creationists and other pseudoscientists) to think in a critical and scientific manner?
Is There Hope??!!! (Well, let’s not get TOO carried away…)
How to “Speak (with a) Creationist”? • How many times have you tried to “talk science” with a creationist, to no avail? • We speak different languages, mostly because they are ignorant of science. • Don’t abandon science (or talking about science)!!!* • Expand your language capabilities**, and get creative! (Which can sometimes get crazy…) *I like my job and want to keep it. **Dare I say… learn some philosophy & religion?
How Far Down the Rabbit Hole? • Geocentrists are “Biblical literalists”, and they are also Young-Earth Creationists (YECs) • Not all YECs are Geocentrists (thank FSM!) ? =
Two Contradictory “Literal Readings” of the Bible? • Geocentric YECs vs. Heliocentric YECs • Claims to “Biblical Literalism” = Interpretation • Why Do Heliocentric YECs Think the Geocentrists Are Wrong?
If modern science can show that a Geocentrist interpretation of the Bible is wrong… • … then science can trump the Bible!!!11!1
Some Advice… • Be patient. • Be willing to exit your own comfort zone and talk “beyond science” without abandoning it. • Be patient. • Don’t belittle them, and try to put yourself in their shoes. Losing one’s worldview is scary! • Be patient… no, seriously, bepatient. • Don’t expect a miracle ;)
Shameless Plug… The Skeptical Teacher – My personal musings on science, education, and skepticism in an age of woo… http://skepticalteacher.org