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Speck Tater Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-11 03:50 PM
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4. I use this chart myself. It's very handy, especially when you start off by asking a skeptic...
"Is there anything that will change your mind on this topic?"

For example:

"Could such phenomena as ESP possibly exist?"
"Might such a thing as the soul exist?"
"Is it possible that disembodied consciousness continues after death?"
"Might reincarnation be real?"

Skeptics, if they are honest, will admit that there is nothing that will cause them to change their minds, and so there really is no point in discussing the matter beyond that point.
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  -A flowchart to determine if you are having a rational discussion: Starry Messenger  Dec-02-11 03:36 PM   #0 
  - Deming would be pleased. That's a keeper! +1 nt  MADem   Dec-02-11 03:45 PM   #1 
  - Ah here is one major problem with this flow chart  truedelphi   Dec-02-11 03:46 PM   #2 
  - I don't see anything in the flow chart that would have prevented you...  markpkessinger   Dec-02-11 04:58 PM   #11 
  - Excellent.  tabatha   Dec-02-11 03:47 PM   #3 
  - I use this chart myself. It's very handy, especially when you start off by asking a skeptic...  Speck Tater   Dec-02-11 03:50 PM   #4 
  - I consider myself a skeptic and I wouldn't give an absolute "no" to any of those..  Fumesucker   Dec-02-11 04:06 PM   #6 
  - Good. That puts you in good company.  Speck Tater   Dec-02-11 08:22 PM   #25 
     - Are you familiar with The God Helmet?  Fumesucker   Dec-02-11 08:28 PM   #27 
        - I've heard of it. It's interesting, but I remain skeptical until it's replicated. nt  Speck Tater   Dec-02-11 09:52 PM   #30 
  - Skeptics, if they are honest, will follow the evidence.  immoderate   Dec-02-11 04:34 PM   #8 
  - Please see my response #19 nt  Speck Tater   Dec-02-11 06:26 PM   #20 
     - All people can succumb to confirmation bias.  immoderate   Dec-02-11 10:34 PM   #31 
  - Oops..I see a mistake.  Lyric   Dec-02-11 05:05 PM   #12 
  - The problem is, believers have very different standards of "evidence."  TheWraith   Dec-02-11 05:09 PM   #13 
  - Sure they can, in cases where a phenomenon is possible to test.  LeftyMom   Dec-02-11 06:06 PM   #18 
  - Let me tell you about an experiment I did in graduate school in the 1960's  Speck Tater   Dec-02-11 06:25 PM   #19 
     - Oh my.  LeftyMom   Dec-02-11 06:32 PM   #22 
  - I consider myself a skeptic and I have gone to many rituals and magic-type demonstrations.  ZombieHorde   Dec-02-11 06:29 PM   #21 
     - Waste of time. Rituals and "magic" are all phoney.  Speck Tater   Dec-02-11 08:17 PM   #23 
        - I had a lot of sex with interesting people when I hung out with new-age cults.  ZombieHorde   Dec-02-11 08:25 PM   #26 
  - Is this the right room for an argument?  malthaussen   Dec-02-11 04:03 PM   #5 
  - Imma gonna have fun with this one  flying rabbit   Dec-02-11 04:28 PM   #7 
  - I love it.  dtexdem   Dec-02-11 04:38 PM   #9 
  - This thread should be stickied at the top of all forums.  ellisonz   Dec-02-11 04:52 PM   #10 
  - Flowchart  andiejen   Dec-03-11 04:06 AM   #32 
  - That's great, thanks!  Zorra   Dec-02-11 05:12 PM   #14 
  - I posted this a while back elsewhere, good reminder here. Warning: Does not apply to FNN.  freshwest   Dec-02-11 05:34 PM   #15 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Dec-02-11 05:47 PM   #16 
  - LOVE it! K&R  PETRUS   Dec-02-11 06:00 PM   #17 
  - K&R nt  TBF   Dec-02-11 08:18 PM   #24 
  - Limited application  moodforaday   Dec-02-11 08:38 PM   #28 
  - I saw this on FB today and thought it looked interesting.  Starry Messenger   Dec-02-11 09:04 PM   #29 
  - Hmmm...  blindpig   Dec-03-11 07:09 AM   #33 
  - Looks like it should have an: I'm correct you're wrong bubble.  ileus   Dec-03-11 07:13 AM   #34 
  - That's when you can go to: "This is not a discussion"  Starry Messenger   Dec-03-11 09:46 AM   #35 
  - Bookmarked. n/t  ProfessionalLeftist   Dec-03-11 09:51 AM   #36 
  - I am REQUIRED to post this  ThoughtCriminal   Dec-03-11 01:02 PM   #37 
  - I disagree with the first bubble.  gkhouston   Dec-03-11 01:16 PM   #38 
  - I have things that I refuse to change my mind about.  Starry Messenger   Dec-03-11 01:31 PM   #39 
  - I disagree with how the third rule is phrased.  napoleon_in_rags   Dec-03-11 02:44 PM   #40 
     - Yeah, I thought that one was poorly worded, also.  gkhouston   Dec-03-11 05:24 PM   #41 
  - A website by Jessica Hagy  BrendaBrick   Dec-03-11 06:15 PM   #42 
 

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