Discussing the Christchurch Shootings and How To Change Minds

Discussing the Christchurch Shootings and How To Change Minds March 27, 2019

Over the weekend, I had a live-streamed discussion with my podcast partner and friend, Donovan Badrock, AKA Mr Oz Atheist. We discussed the shootings that occurred recently in Christchurch, New Zealand and then we moved on to talk about effective ways of changing the minds of others.

It’s never easy to discuss these tragedies after they happen and we’d so much rather they didn’t happen, but I think it’s very important to talk about the potential causes. Is there a way we can change our own rhetoric and behaviour to lower the odds of this happening again? How can we prevent future tragedies like the one that happened in New Zealand from happening again? Is it even possible? Donovan and I discuss the answers to these questions and many more while taking comments and questions from the live audience.

We also talk about effective ways of changing minds, especially the fact that violence and hatred and anger rarely works as an effective though-provoker. We have many ex-theists in the atheist community who changed their mind about huge, life-altering things at one point in time – what was the catalyst for the change of heart? Was it violence? Anger? Hatred? Or was it reason?

We’d love to know what your thoughts are on these topics. Leave your comments below as you watch us discuss them:

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  • guerillasurgeon


    Can people change their minds, or can you change other people’s minds? Seems to me most people once they’ve settled on something whether it’s a conspiracy theory or a political theory they tend to stick to it, because they have so much of their life and self-worth tied up in it. How we try to fight the sick political theories of people like the Christchurch shooter I don’t know, but I guarantee it would probably complex, take a lot of time, and be quite expensive. Or maybe just take somebody who’s obsessive enough to keep at it and do nothing else. And it’s not like that puts food on the table.