“How Not to Argue Against Libertarianism”

From Libertarianism.org: “Cogently attacking libertarianism means, at the very least, wrestling with what libertarians actually believe.”

In other words, stop setting up straw men, then arguing against them.  You will not have won the true argument.

In Praise of the Clash of Cultures

From The New York Times,  Carlos Fraenkel‘s  plea for civil debate:

When we transform the disagreements arising from diversity into a culture of debate, they cease to be a threat to social peace.

Good luck with that!

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A debate over book blurbs

From The New York Times, a debate on the use of the book blurb, including Stephen King, who said,

The idea that a writer can bring his core audience into the tent with a blurb … you might as well try herding cats.

Check out the debate. As for me, I used them on Waiting for Zoë and would do so again.

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Reason Seen More as Weapon Than Path to Truth

Update: Frank Wilson says this is dumb and offers this thought:

Try this thought on for size: Reason serves more than one purpose, can be used correctly or incorrectly, even misused. Ever notice you can do a lot of different things with your hands. Well, you can do a lot of different things with reason, too, some useful, some not.

Good point.

From The New York Times:

For centuries thinkers have assumed that the uniquely human capacity for reasoning has existed to let people reach beyond mere perception and reflex in the search for truth. Rationality allowed a solitary thinker to blaze a path to philosophical, moral and scientific enlightenment.

Now some researchers are suggesting that reason evolved for a completely different purpose: to win arguments…

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