Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Pearls (of reason) before swine

If you are looking for a good example of the futility of using evidence-based reasoning, logic and scepticism in order to change the minds of those who cling to super-naturalist irrationality, look no further than Bing's encounter with a group of devotees of a 'psychic' named Allison Dubois (who seems to have recently appeared on Oprah).

The discussion begins here and then continues here.

Don't get me wrong, by my reckoning, our Man of Reason kicked some serious argumentative ass.

Nonetheless, nearly all the people he was dealing with appear to be absolutely impervious to making any sense whatsoever.

Along with ample wit, he has a lot more patience than I do.

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