After reading your blog and its comments, you seem very skilled at debating It's honestly fun to read your posts here because your points are logical and explained well.
It looks as if everyone who attacks your points comes across as juvenile by getting off topic or misconstruing your points entirely.
So I was wondering, how'd you get so good and do you have any recommendations (books, tips, etc.) that would help someone get better at debating?
Here is my reply, which I post on the main blog since others may find it useful as well.
In the end, it boils down to having an above average level of general intelligence, practice, and a good education, which should not be confused with going to university. It is certainly beneficial if you spend time in an environment in which you need to win factual arguments, instead of humanities bullshit pseudo-debates that have a predetermined outcome since their flawed premises are sacrosanct.
Here are some pointers to get you started:
1) Look up the definition of Pascal's Wager, and try to poke as many holes into it as you can. In the end, you may wonder how someone so smart could write something so incredibly stupid, and then you'll realize that back in the days intellectuals didn't just face ostracism but may even have gotten incarcerated, or worse, for holding positions the authorities didn't agree with. Similar mechanisms are in place nowadays, which is why we mostly have a mixture of bona fide idiots and sycophants among our intellectuals. We barely have any great thinkers nowadays because people are too afraid to speak their mind freely. Compare this to guys like Schopenhauer who didn't give fuck about offending anyone with his writing because he was independently wealthy.
2) Ponder the statement "Islam is the religion of peace", and try to answer the question why something so obviously false is being promoted in mainstream media. This should lead to general distrust with regards to any popular mainstream opinion. (Hint: Islam is a violent political ideology in the guise of religion.)
3) Learn to recognize when people or the media tug at your heart string in order to manipulate you. It may be harmless when it's a Pixar movie, but it is still manipulation. Recognizing this will help you a lot in being able to assess the worth of a position or product. To give a somewhat recent example: Some years ago the video game The Last of Us was released to general critical acclaim. However, it is at best a mediocre game. Instead of focusing on fun mechanics, though, its creators try to get you emotionally involved by trying to make you care for two helpless little girls, in sequence. I thought the manipulation was way too transparent, and thus my enjoyment of this game was severely limited. This was beneficial because there are plenty of games around that are genuinely fun to play. Of course, I only mention entertainment products because it is good practice. The real fun starts when you begin reading mainstream newspapers from this angle, or study the work of "human rights" organizations. Mother Theresa is an almost too easy target, but study her life as well, because that kind of narcissist emotional bully who enriches itself by appealing to pity is very common in contemporary society.
4) Learn to recognize that people are, by and large, sheep without their own opinion. What they perceive to be their opinion is normally someone else's, which was taken at face value. Talking to your typical idiot leftist liberal is a great way of figuring this out. As a conversation starter, ask "We have x million unemployed people in this country, including many with advanced degrees. Further, a significant part of college graduates is overqualified for the work they do. So, what benefit is there in taking x million immigrants who largely don't speak our language, don't have any useful education, and who come from a much different, possibly even antagonistic, cultural background?" Eventually, they will blabber about "the humanitarian imperative" and "guilt", and for that keep in mind that before the oh-so bad white man came to Africa, people were literally living like animals there. Further, population figures in third world countries are growing at an exponential rate. It is simply not possible to take all of them in, or even just a non-trivial amount. A last resort of leftist morons is then to stammer something about "taking it from the rich", and then point out to them that "the rich" includes them as well, because once a significant part of the inhabitants of a country is unproductive, standards will go down noticeably. Sweden is a prime example in that regard. In the 1970s it was one of the richest countries in the world, and nowadays they are on the fast track to turning into a third world country. All important indicators are trending downwards, e.g. PISA, TIMMS, and the HDI.
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