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Andysor (October 13, 2010, 13:03:22 PM):
I think there's a need to make the Skeptical position more visible in South Africa. I know too many people who happily believe in all manner of BS because they are never confronted with any contrary messages. People are showered with Verimark junk and pharmacies sell herbal and homoeopathic crap next to evidence based medicine.

I have only ever heard of one religiously themed debate at my former university (UP) with William Lane Craig, which I attended. Despite the fact that his opponents were incompetent in the art of debating it was still positive in that it showed people that there are alternate views out there and an open debate on these issues.

Can't we as Skeptics try organise more debates, especially evolution/YEC and mount information campaigns highlighting the lack of evidence for the alternative practices that are all too common in our country? There are so many people that don't even know that homoeopathy, energy bracelets and Verimark pills are unproven.
Gogtjop (October 13, 2010, 13:27:36 PM):
I'm not so sure I have the energy for something like that. My approach has always been somewhat laissez-faire.

As in "Julle moet fokken aangaan."

Andysor (October 13, 2010, 13:32:27 PM):
I'm not so sure I have the energy for something like that. My approach has always been somewhat laissez-faire.

As in "Julle moet fokken aangaan."

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing"...
Gogtjop (October 13, 2010, 13:36:42 PM):
Heh, I don't have a single good bone in my body.

Oh, no, wait... that came out wrong ;D
GCG (October 13, 2010, 13:47:10 PM):
if we actively go out to try and prove the woo is false, then how are we better/different from rhema church, or oom potato's little shindigs, or angel conferences?
people will beleive what they want, and if they choose te believe crap, then that is entirely up to them.
there is a contingent of of militants and evangelicals here, and thats totally cool.
but im not going to spend my energy trying to convince people that the world is not magical, because they choose it to be so.
its not my place to go about picketing outside of churches (unless its a particular one, and they are doing something fucking insanely stupid), or psychics offices... that makes me no better than the jehova's witness that knocks on your door.
and without invading people's lives with pickets and pamphlets, how are you going to convince people to attend a seminar on what shit homeopathy is? or that god doesnt exist?
i really do believe, that a attitude of cela vie is better. once you push people to believe something else than what they are comfortable with, they will cling even harder to that false belief.
im no anthropologist, im just one of those who sit and observe a lot.
if someone has a seed of doubt, from their own mind, and decided upon their own arguments, then they will approach someone to talk about it, and then they will decide to let go, and keep going as per usual.


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