Richard Carrier, Ph.D., and Jeff Lowder, a founder of the Internet Infidels are both skilled and experienced debaters. They are co-leading this special workshop to teach fundamental principles for more effective debating, particularly with faith-based opponents. Learn how to argue effectively at the podium under the clock. Learn the tricks and tactics that will be used against you so you can overcome them. Learn the most common mistakes to avoid and how. And learn the best methods of forming a persuasive argument. You can also improve your ability to be efficient and effective in online debates, and in any open ended argument. Join this unique opportunity during the month of May!
start/end dates – May 1 / May 31, 2015
DEADLINE for registration – May 6th
SCHEDULE: Specific reading and discussion goals are set for every week, completing four units in four weeks, but within that framework you can participate in every element on your own time. There are no live events to be missed. Everything else about the course is provided inside the classroom website. Course lectures, academic papers, links to websites, and forums for discussions with the instructor and students are included in the Moodle website classroom. Visit the class anytime to contribute your posts and receive Carrier’s and Lowder’s replies in discussion forums.
COURSE TEXT: No book needed – all teaching materials and resources are included within the online course.
GENERAL INFORMATION: Online classrooms and their discussion threads are accessible 24/7, so you can participate at any hour of the day when there’s some time in your busy schedule. Instructors will not be on live video and you won’t be either – there is nothing happening on camera and no particular time of day you have to be present. If a pre-recorded video is posted, you can view it at your convenience. There’s nothing ‘live’ to be missed, and course instructors respond individually and promptly to all questions and comments. Instructors lead everyone through lectures and readings, but no attendance is taken and there are no assignments to complete – instructors are always available when you are ready to engage them about what is on your mind.
Ask Richard about this course by posting on his facebook wall at www.facebook.com/richard.carrier.phd
Richard Carrier, PhD, is the renowned author of Sense and Goodness without God and Proving History, as well as numerous articles online and in print. He received his PhD in ancient history from Columbia University in 2008, and now specializes in the modern philosophy of naturalism, the origins of Christianity, and the intellectual history of Greece and Rome. For more about Richard and his work visit www.richardcarrier.info.
Jeffery Jay Lowder is an author, speaker, and debater, whose interests include philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, inductive logic, and metaethics. His 2005 book, The Empty Tomb: Jesus Beyond the Grave (co-edited with Robert Price), contains scholarly essays critical of the historicity of Jesus’ resurrection, providing one of the best book-length critiques. His 1999 debate for naturalism vs. Christian theism remains an outstanding performance by an atheist. He is co-founder, Past President, and a member of the editorial board of Internet Infidels, which operates one of the first atheist sites, The Secular Web. He is the editor of a team blog, The Secular Outpost, about philosophy of religion from an atheist perspective.