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  •  My favorite part of that report (11+ / 0-)

    is the exhortation to avoid teaching by using examples that are "closed dilemmas"

    The most famous is probably the story of the hapless husband who doesn't have money for needed medicine for his dying wife. Is it OK for him to rob the pharmacy to get her medicine? When Christian students try to point out in their public school classrooms that the husband can always pray, and that God can either heal the wife directly or bring in unexpected money, the teacher tells them that this solution is impermissible.

    So God will either a) heal the wife or b) send money.  Must be nice to live on their planet...

    "We *can* go back to the Dark Ages! The crust of learning and good manners and tolerance is so thin!" -- Sinclair Lewis

    by Nespolo on Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 09:43:03 AM PST

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    •  I will actually agree that "closed dilemma" (3+ / 0-)
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      style thought experiments tend to be bullshit, for the reason that they tend to propagate fallacies of constraint. For example, many hypothetical arguments either for or against moral utilitarianism posit runaway trains that may be switched towards or away from various groups of victims; yet "Yell real loud that a runaway train is approaching so that EVERYBODY gets out of the way" and such are never allowable options, despite being the sorts of things that people actually would be more likely to do in a real crisis situation. Someone who tells you that we MUST do A or B often has a hidden agenda to prevent you from choosing option C by avoiding mention of its existence.

      "I invoke a Deus Ex Machina" is, however, a pretty weak answer to almost any question. God, if he exists, certainly does not perform miracles on demand.

      I support torturous regimes! Also, I kick puppies.

      by eataTREE on Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 10:36:27 AM PST

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    •  Mine was the admonition to avoid (3+ / 0-)
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      Materials that encourage the student to challenge biblical authorities. Typically, critical thinking materials urge children to ignore the teaching of parents and church authorities. They call this "thinking for yourself." But this is not real thinking, simply knee-jerk rebellion.

      Along with this:

      Logical analysis presupposes that there is such a thing as absolute unchanging truth, and that this truth has authority over us.

      Uh, yeah. Whatever.

      liberal bias = failure to validate or sufficiently flatter the conservative narrative on any given subject

      by RockyMtnLib on Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 11:56:27 AM PST

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