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Religion and Philosophy

Lecture 4: Forming Beliefs In a Social World

In this lecture, Paul looks at how we should think about the fact that many more people disagree with us than we could ever engage in argument. Should such diversity of opinion...

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Applying the Concepts: How to Avoid an Echo Chamber

In this video, Paul draws on recent work by philosopher Thi Nguyen to explain how seeking out views from those we disagree with can help ensure that we do not get stuck in a...

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Activity: The Disagreement Test

When we find out that our beliefs are subject to strong disagreement, our initial reaction might be to lose confidence in those beliefs or it might be to dig in and defend them....

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Lecture 3: When Can You Believe “Beyond the Evidence”

Sometimes, it seems like we have to commit one way or another in our beliefs, even if we do not have perfect certainty. In this lecture, Paul asks about what makes such “leaps...

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Applying the Concepts: Faith or Fraud?

In this video, we consider the story of Billy McFarland, a young entrepreneur whose self-confidence resulted in one of the most infamous marketing and business failures in recent...

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Activity: Betting on the Truth

In this activity, we compare believing with betting and ask when it is okay to bet on a particular claim coming true. The decision is illustrated by this important big questions:...

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Having Better Arguments

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Having Better Arguments

The word “argument” has many negative connotations. If used appropriately, however, arguing provides us one of the best chances we have to uncover surprising or difficult...

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Big Questions Live: When to Take a Leap of Faith

If you read enough bestseller books on how to succeed in life or business and you will start to recognize patterns in the advice that’s given: Learn to fail, take big risks, do...

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