The Ethics of Rhetoric In Skepticism

A session at Skepticamp NYC 2011

  • Gregory Lopez

Saturday 3rd December, 2011

10:50am to 11:20am (EST)

The skeptics' movement could be said to be all about using reliable reasoning and teaching it to others. But how are we to convince other people to engage in critical thinking in the first place? One way is through rhetoric: communication that is effective in changing others' minds while not providing good reasons to do so. But is the use of rhetoric ethical in the skeptic community when part of our goal is to reduce the public's susceptibility to exactly these kinds of techniques? This moderated discussion will address this question by analyzing it from several angles and presenting these viewpoints to the audience for debate.

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Time 10:50am11:20am EST

Date Sat 3rd December 2011

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