Thursday, 09 September 2010
My favorite atheistic xangan is Ben Schuldt over at War on Error. I have tremendous respect for his work and have utilized his arguments verbatim in my career. We also debated on the same team during the amateur debate at Skepticon 2 (during which he ate up all my rebuttal time, so the fucker owes me a beer I'd say!).
One thing that is clear about the two of us though, is have very different approaches. Ben is very respectful of everyone and all ideas. Conversely, I treat idiotic ideas like they were idiotic and intellectually lazy people like they are lazy without apology. This difference is a hot topic in the skeptical community right now (there will even be panel discussion about it with some of the movement's most prodigious luminaries at Skepticon 3) and Ben and I pretty much epitomize it.
Which is why on December 2 of this year, at the St. Louis Ethical Society, Ben and I will go toe to toe in a live debate over the topic Warrior vs. Diplomat. Frankly, I kind of like being called a warrior. Maybe instead of debating I will defeat Mr. Schuldt in mortal combat (much to his surprise), pillage his crops, and take his women back to my cave.
More details as the event approaches.