Which Should You Trust—The Jigsaw Pieces or the Picture on the Box?

Two cute bunny toys try to solve a jigsaw puzzle in this parable about how believing in evidence differs from believing in authorities.

(many thanks to Vanessa, a most loyal Camels With Hammers reader, for the tip)

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About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • F

    The one making the most demands for evidence is the one processing evidence the least. (Or not at all.) Yep. Authoritarians don’t know what evidence actually is. It’s just a stalling tactic in the form of a demand used to prop up their preconception and denial. And an attempt to claim the skeptical high ground.

    So much going on there!

  • Quincyme

    Maybe it’s the duck of the gaps since there’s still a piece missing.


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