In October, I was one of the religion panelists at the Chicago Ideas Week conference. My co-panelists included Eboo Patel (interfaith activist), Lauren Drain (fled the Westboro Baptist Church), Theodore Ross (his family hid their Judaism) and Julia Sweeney (atheist and comic).
Since we were a diverse group of people, my talk was on having better arguments about religious disagreements, instead of just agreeing to disagree. My talk was based on some of the principles of curious, charitable discussion that I’ve learned by blogging for and fighting with all of you. (You may remember the poster summarizing our panel that had my contribution summarized by “If the answer is, ‘Up yours!‘ it doesn’t matter what the question was.”)
In the video below, I talk about the Ideological Turing Test, and other ways to have better discussion where each of you learn more and whoever’s wrong can lose faster and more efficiently.
Email me at leahDOTlibrescoATgmailDOTcom if you’d like to have me come talk about curious, charitable fights or have one..