PODCAST: Pay Attention to Who Should NOT Be in a Given Conversation

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If you are a part of a dialogue-oriented outreach, you should be paying attention to who should be in a given conversation, and who should not be. This is one of those advanced practical outreach tips that you just learn by doing outreach a lot and by talking with the rest of your team a lot about different kinds of situations. The idea for this piece came to me as we were debriefing an outreach our staff did at Davidson College here outside of Charlotte, NC.

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PODCAST: The Best Way to Expose Logical Fallacies: Don’t Call Them by Name

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This is a follow-up piece to my previous audio blog on logical fallacies and the danger of accusing people of fallacies they did not commit. This piece focuses on how to effectively expose logical fallacies that are committed during a dialogue. Because this piece became one of the most popular posts, I began including this practical dialogue tip in a lot of my talks.

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PODCAST: You Should Know What a Logical Fallacy Actually Is

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This is a piece that I wrote a few years ago. I was responding to an annoying trend that I had been seeing, at least among pro-life people. We are tempted to talk about fallacies all the time in conversation, but one danger of accusing people of committing a logical fallacy is that you may not actually know what you’re talking about.

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PODCAST: Four Practical Tips for Responding to the Burning Fertility Clinic

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A couple months ago, a series of tweets about abortion went viral. They used the pro-choice argument involving a burning fertility clinic thought experiment. As a pro-life advocate who occasionally gets questions about abortion issues, I received questions about this thought experiment from maybe 20 different individuals.

For some reason, pro-choice people tend to think this argument demolishes the pro-life view, so it’s important to be ready to respond to it efficiently (meaning you need to focus on just a couple of disanalogies, not all of them) and persuasively (meaning you need to convince them that you aren’t just weaseling out of a problem with your view). My focus in this piece is practical dialogue—how to respond to this argument in a way that pro-choice people are most likely to find compelling.

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  • Click here to buy Robert George and Christopher Tollefsen’s book Embryo: A Defense of Human Life
  • Click here for the article by Robert George

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PODCAST: Planned Parenthood’s Absurd Position on HIV Disclosure

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This piece is an unofficial part 3 to the pieces about my conversation with Brent. Those articles ended up touching on the important issue of the role of the right to sex in the argument for abortion. When I came upon an article about Planned Parenthood’s view on whether or not someone has an obligation to disclose HIV to a sexual partner, I saw the connection and thought it was worth pointing out.

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