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Sex Politics Religion: How Delusional Thinking is Destroying America Paperback – June 5, 2012
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Siebold repeatedly asserts he wants people to engage in "critical thinking." Back in my teaching days, this was a shibboleth for the putative traits we wanted to see graduates demonstrate. But for Siebold, as for my educational administrators, this proves less a practice than a mantra. How do we know critical thinking when we see it? By systematic doubt? Socratic questioning? I can't say, and neither can Siebold. We're shooting at a moving target.
Along the way, Siebold addresses a wide array of hot button issues. Sometimes his approach appears superficially conservative, sometimes liberal, so at least he's thought through the topics enough to avoid doctrinaire thinking. But he hasn't thought them through enough to explain them to an engaged third party. Time and again, I finished his short subchapters wondering: "Did he just miss the gaping logical hole that seemed so obvious to me?"
To my mind, Siebold's problem resembles the "Euthyphro dilemma," a problem found in the writings of Plato. Socrates asks Euthyphro for a definition of piety; Euthyphro can only provide an example. Siebold does the same thing here, providing vague examples of critical thinking, which for him always involves agreement with Siebold. Perhaps he thought all the examples would come together into a definition.Read more ›
And after this rather attention getting marketing device we settle into what Steve Siebold has written as a book that is well paced with the current climate of confusing and at times scurrilous word exchanges, debates, cartoons and other paraphernalia of the race toward November's election antics. While most of us remain disillusioned by attempting to ferret out what is truth and what is hollow campaign rhetoric from both sides Siebold suggests we change our way of thinking `delusionally.' Or in his words, `"Most people are confused when it comes to the hot-button issues because they've bought into the persuasion and misinterpretation of political and religious leaders. If you really want to understand these issues, it's about looking at them through logic-based thinking devoid of emotion.' In other words, stop the Delusional Thing and assume Critical thinking. `When it comes to the most important issues of our time under sex, politics and religion, don't just accept what you're told. Educate yourself enough to push back and punch holes into outdated rituals, dogma and behaviors.'
An example: `DELUSIONAL THINKING says let the Federal Reserve keep printing money to fund wars, create bailouts and spend money like a drunken sailor with absolutely no obligation to pay it back and continuing to increase our national debt.Read more ›
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Siebold, palllleeeze send me a refund! I actually like your 177 and Die Fat books but this book was a disappointment.Published 13 months ago by Snooze.