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Gen Con is in Indianapolis this weekend and guess where I am!!!

I’m in Indianapolis…in a hotel room…spending all day putting the finishing tweaks on my talk “On The Primacy Of Reason” for the Midwest Humanist and Freethought Convention in Omaha next weekend…while my brother and friend are getting their nerd on.  That’s devotion, people.

Anyway, the talk will be about how even we rationalists often undervalue reason, why we mustn’t let unreason slide, and how we can avoid letting unreason slide.  Arguments will be taken on such as “but my religion doesn’t hurt anybody”.  If you can think of an argument that’s relevant to the talk that you’d like to see tackled, leave your suggestion in the comments.  :)

  • John Eberhard

    One I ran into the other day was basically, “My beliefs may be irrational, and that is bad. However, I have the right to them along with life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and that right is good. Rationality isn’t always “best”: how can you have heroes if people only do what is rationally “best”? Fighting against all odds, risking your life to save others, etc.
    Who are you to decide that all the variable have been covered in every instance to determine something is irrational or illogical? Is it always somehow “wrong” to go with your gut or a hunch? Do rational or logical choices always end in most beneficial results?

    Perhaps that will help to provide grist for your mill.

  • Der Herr der Finsternis

    “Anyway, the talk will be about how even we rationalists often undervalue reason, why we mustn’t let unreason slide, and how we can avoid letting unreason slide.”

    qualified internet philosopher -JT


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