Adult Sunday School

  • January 5, 2014 · 10:00 AM
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"The Rules of Discussion", lead by Wendell Bettis

Are you, like me, tired of trying to reason with people who simply cannot be reasoned with?  And are you, like me, willing to sit down and discuss with anyone who is willing to approach a discussion of whatever the subject or topic may be with a sense of give and take?  Basically, you can think of the rules of discussion as: (1) a filter that filters out those individuals that are either unwilling or unable to conduct a rational discussion, and (2) the rules provide specific guidance as to how people who are at least willing to make the effort to engage in rational people can do so. I will explain how the rules perform both function during my presentation.
ved to work more effectively as both a filter and as a guide.

Below are some relevant quotes from both Eric Hoffer and Ayn Rand.
The first six quotes describe the type of individual the rules help to filter out:
(1) "Reason is not automatic. Those who deny it cannot be conquered by it. Do not count on them. Leave them alone."  Ayn Rand
And from Eric Hoffer
(2) "To know a person's religion we need not listen to his profession of faith, but must find his brand of intolerance."

(3) "We are least open to precise knowledge concerning the things we are most vehement about." 
(4) "We can be absolutely certain only about things we do not understand." 
(5) "An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head." 
(6) "Rudeness is the weak man imitation of strength."

The following quote from Ayn Rand describes the type of individual the will make it through the filter, and who will probably welcome the guidance of the rules of discussion.  "When I disagree with a rational man, I let reality be our final arbiter. If I am right, he will learn. If I am wrong, I will. One of us will win, but both of us will profit."


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  • Wendell

    And thanks to the Fellowship for giving me the opportunity to present the rules of discussion. It was my pleasure. And to Dianne, with regard to the rules, you definitely got what are the purpose and use of the rules.

    January 6, 2014

  • Wendell

    Martin: Thank you again for your kind words. And thanks to the Fellowship for giving me the

    January 6, 2014

  • Dianne Rodgers F.

    I learned that I must make sure my side of any discussion I engage in be well supported and that I should carefully consider the reasoning behind my stances. If I expect reason from others Must make surci stay on reason.

    January 5, 2014

  • Martin

    Wendell did a wonderful job with the "Rules of Discussion"

    January 5, 2014

  • Susan M

    Ok, everyone, Wendell has asked me to upload a file that will be useful for tomorrow's discussion. It is a flow chart outlining the "Rules of Discussion". Please look above, at the title bar right below the "Fellowship of Reason" header. Move your mouse over the word "More" , and in the drop down box that appears, choose "Files". The file you want is labeled "The Rules of Discussion."

    January 4, 2014

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