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All universities should have a "defense against the dark arts" class where students learn how to weigh evidence, arguments, and logic. Outside of that, I believe class should be opinionated and biased.

If that were the case, then quacks would find themselves without an audience.

I do worry that by casting quacks out of polite society, we will also cast out iconoclasts and free thinkers.




The Singularity Institute is working on it (or rather, the spinning-off Center for Applied Rationality is working on it); and indeed, we have literally been known to refer to it as "Defense Against the Dark Arts".

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Is there any relationship between Singularity Institute and Singularity University?

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Not at the moment.

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Holy crap, I totally missed the difference in names. I hope this isn't causing adverse publicity to you guys.

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jacoblyles most likely got that phrase from your writings :).

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>weigh evidence, arguments, and logic

Philosophy 101

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What school even just mentions Bayes' theorem in Philosophy 101?

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> "All logic texts are divided into two parts. In the first part, on deductive logic, the fallacies are explained; in the second part, on inductive logic, they are committed."

--Morris Raphael Cohen, quoted by Cohen in "The Earth Is Round (p < 0.05)"

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