Sunday, April 22, 2012

Liverpool talk May 17th



Merseyside Skeptics Society
Skeptics in the Pub: Stephen Law
Believing Bullshit: How Not to Get Sucked into an Intellectual Black Hole
by Stephen Law
When: Thursday, May 17th, 2012 8.00 – 11.00 PM
Where: The Head of Steam, 7 Lime Street, Liverpool
Info here.

Wacky belief systems abound.
Members of the Heavens Gate suicide cult believed they were taking a ride to heaven on board a UFO. Muslim suicide bombers expect to be greeted after death by 72 virgins. And many fundamentalist Christians insist the entire universe is just 6,000 years old. Of course its not only cults and religions that promote bizarre beliefs significant numbers of people believe that aliens built the pyramids. How do such preposterous views succeed in entrenching themselves in the minds of sane, intelligent, educated people and turn them into the willing slaves of claptrap?

Believing Bullshit is a witty and insightful critique that will help immunise readers against the wiles of cultists, religious and political zealots, conspiracy theorists, and various other nut-cases by clearly setting out the tricks of the trade by which such insidious belief systems are created and sustained.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

A bit off topic, but Dr. Craig takes a stab at your argument pertaining to the resurrection:

http://www.reasonablefaith.org/stephen-law-on-the-non-existence-of-jesus-of-nazareth?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ReasonableFaithNews+%28Reasonable+Faith+News%29&utm_content=FaceBook

BenYachov said...

Jesus Myters are the Young Earth Creationists of Atheism and about half as smart.

Anyone who takes their point of view seriously should be laughed at loudly and with great cruelty.
If I denied the existence of God I would still hold the Jesus Myters with great contempt like Tim O'Nell.

OTOH even I as an intellectual exercise might lightly philosophically "defend" YE creationist or OE ID'ers. Given the omnipotence of God he could have created a Young Earth that looks Old but I would have to give up my Moderate Realism to do it.

But I don't take it seriously anymore then I do Mytherism.

Ophelia Benson said...

I've met some of the Merseyside Skeptics, when I was at QED in Manchester. Lovely people. Manchester Skeptics and Merseyside Skeptics collaborated in organizing QED.

Andy said...

What's up with that photo? You look like you're thinking "I hate that tree!"