007 - When Rational Debate is Impossible

When is it worth your time to try to have a rational conversation with someone? When should you give up? What are the conditions that have to be satisfied for a rational conversation to even be possible?

That's the topic of this episode.


- the problem that Sam Harris is struggling with

- a Q&A question from Essi on what to do when people “just don’t get it”

- my original answer to the question “what conditions must be satisfied to have a rational conversation with someone?”

- my first amendment: (1) what to do after you’ve recognized that there’s a problem

- my second amendment: (2) what to do in light of the fact that our capacity to reason comes in degrees

- my latest video course project (“Is Your Brain a Computer?”) and how you can get early access to those videos

Argument Ninja: Critical Thinking as a Martial Art

The Argument Ninja podcast is dedicated to helping you improve your skills at rational persuasion. Let philosopher Kevin deLaplante introduce you to a unique approach to critical thinking, inspired by martial arts training principles, that combines logic and argumentation with the latest research on the psychology of persuasion and belief.

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