Thinking Critically About our Diet

Gordon Katic says:

What is critical thinking? What isn’t critical thinking? How do we know if our convictions have been arrived at by sound reasoning or simply by indoctrination? I’ve invited Professor Steve Joordens on to the program today to share his insights on critical thought, particularly in regards to our diet. Professor Joordens is a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto in Scarborough and a finalist in this year’s TV Ontario Best Lecturer competition. We spoke for approximately 30 minutes regarding a variety of topics, from university, to slavery, to vegetarianism. I think you’ll find it quite eye opening.

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I would also like to invite you to go to tvo.org/bigideas where you can view Professor Joordens lecture. If you find it interesting, I would advise you to vote for it. Voting closes Sunday night at 8pm EST. By voting you will enter yourself into a draw for a large amount of electronics, valued at $5,000.

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2 Responses to “Thinking Critically About our Diet”

  1. Blake Frederick

    Great interview. The only gripe that I have is Professor Joordens’ use of the word natural. To say that it is natural for one species to dominate another is a meaningless claim due to the ambiguity of the word natural.

  2. Steve Joordens

    Thank you Gordon for the opportunity, and for the very well constructed and delivered interview.

    Blake, I think I understand you’re dislike of my use of “natural” and you definately have me thinking about it. It is a bit of an odd concept. After all, if natural just refers to anything that comes out of nature … and humans are viewed as coming out of nature … then anything humans do is, by fiat, natural (and everything that every other animal does as well … and plants). So really, it is an empty concept.

    I guess what I meant to imply, and will try to do so better in the future, is that if one views “natural” behaviour and behaviour that is in strong according with Darwin’s description of things (i.e., might means right sorts of notions), then choosing not to dominate when we could easily do so could be viewed as unnatural. But again, you’re complete right, I’ll have to think on that a little more and tighten up how I talk about that stuff. Thank you.

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