Snidely Whiplash Is Not on Facebook

Are you frustrated with political polarization? Have you noticed that conversations between the opposite ends of the political spectrum are getting harder and harder? Do you wonder why it has gotten so ugly, and do you wish you could do something about it?

Read on.

The human mind is naturally ordered toward making sense of things. It wants to come up with explanations. When we observe something we don’t understand, we go through a mental process of thinking about possible explanations for it. This is something you can dwell on consciously, but even if you don’t, you come to basic conclusions without even thinking about it.

For any weird phenomenon, there are many possible explanations. How do we narrow down the list to settle on something to believe? There’s no perfect formula for this, but there are some healthy tendencies that we should all have. For instance, Occam’s Razor (Among competing hypotheses, the one with the fewest assumptions should be selected) is a good place to start. Also, we should seek explanations that explain all of the data, not just some of it. There are certainly other principles of rationality for evaluating the plausibility of various explanations, but there is one in particular that is severely underrated. I think anyone who adopts it will have more accurate beliefs and much better dialogue and understanding of people with whom they disagree.

Josh Brahm will be giving pro-life training at Oregon Right to Life in Portland this spring. More details and a registration link will be announced in the future.

Event:Oregon Right to Life

FREE PODCAST: The Primary Things Jacob Says While Sidewalk Counseling

Every other Tuesday we publish a new episode of the Equipped for Life Podcast, available to everyone who purchases our course, “Equipped for Life: A Fresh Approach to Conversations about Abortion.” Generally these podcast episodes won’t be available to the general public, but we plan on occasionally making exceptions, and we’ve decided to make our 11th episode the first one we make available to everybody.

This is the first part in a two-part series on practical sidewalk counseling tips, from the person who has impressed me most with the way he thinks about decision making in front of abortion facilities, our Operations Coordinator Jacob Nels.

“Why Every Teenager Should be Equipped in Pro-Life Apologetics Before College”

We will not stop abortion without good parenting from pro-life parents. Josh will share some research on how many Christian students leave the faith during college, and how this trend can be largely curbed by equipping students in apologetics before they walk onto a hostile college campus. Josh will then share some of what his colleagues have been learning about how best to defend the Christian worldview regarding abortion when engaging with leftist atheists, and a new tool that makes it easier for parents to equip their teens in pro-life apologetics as a part of their worldview training at home.

Date:May 11, 2017—May 13, 2017
Event:Atlanta Georgia Homeschool Convention
Sponsor: Teach Them Diligently Home School Convention
Venue: Cobb Galleria
Location:Atlanta, GA

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Josh Brahm will be giving pro-life training at Students for Life’s Leadership Summit in Columbus this spring. More details and a registration link will be announced in the future.

Date:April 1, 2017
Event:Students for Life Leadership Summit
Sponsor: Students for Life of America
Location:Columbus, OH

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