Category Archives: Critical Thinking

Principles and Policies Podcast for 4/7/2012- How A Long Journey With An Inaccurate Compass Gets You Lost Every Time

Our Principles and Policies radio show for Saturday April 7, 2012. Barry Sheets and Chuck Michaelis analyze an article on modern views of rights, freedom, and constitution-making by Andrew McCarthy in the New Criterion magazine.

Article link- http://www.newcriterion.com/articleprint.cfm/Future-tense–VIII–Enter-totalitarian-democracy-7329

Principles and Policies Podcast for 4/4/2012- Can What You Believe Make Your Brain Smaller?

Our Principles and Policies radio show for Wednesday April 4, 2012. Barry Sheets and Chuck Michaelis discuss an article that claims that having a “born-again” belief experience (or conversely, a non-belief experience) means brain abnormalities later in life. We aren’t buying it.

Article link- http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/brain-and-behavior/articles/2011/05/25/being-born-again-linked-to-more-brain-atrophy-study

Principles and Policies Podcast for 4/3/2012- More Quackery In The Guise Of “Scholarship”

Our Principles and Policies radio show for Tuesday April 3, 2012. Barry Sheets and Chuck Michaelis expose yet another attempt to paint conservative thinking in a bad light using biased pseudo-science behind a mask of learned neutral academia.

Article link- http://www.miller-mccune.com/politics/is-conservatism-our-default-ideology-40703/

Principles and Policies Podcast for 3/27/2012- How Not To Argue For “Climate Change”

Our Principles and Policies radio show for Tuesday March 27, 2012. Barry Sheets and Chuck Michaelis continue a critical review of an opinion article written in the Columbus Dispatch by Dr. Steve Rissing, Professor of Biology at the Ohio State University. We find that a PhD doesn’t necessarily mean clarity of thought or freedom from logical fallacy in the argument. In fact it may contribute to the opposite.

Link to the article Biology: Anyone Still Doubt Climate Change?- http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/science/2012/03/25/any-one-still-doubt-climate-change.html

Principles and Policies Podcast for 3/26/2012- A “Climate Change” Fallacy Tour De Force

Our Principles and Policies radio show for Monday March 26, 2012. Barry Sheets and Chuck Michaelis deconstruct an opinion article written in the Columbus Dispatch by Dr. Steve Rissing, Professor of Biology at the Ohio State University. We find that a PhD doesn’t necessarily mean clarity of thought or freedom from logical fallacy in the argument. In fact it may contribute to the opposite.

Link to the article Biology: Anyone Still Doubt Climate Change?- http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/science/2012/03/25/any-one-still-doubt-climate-change.html