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Uncomfortable Question-a-Day

Presented by Bo Bennett, PhD

In this course, you will receive an "uncomfortable" question each day and be invited to answer the question and discuss the question with other students (open only to students).

Have intellectually stimulating conversations every day for the next several months.

Be exposed to different points of view
Through discussion, realize where you might be wrong
Think about questions that you only have ever took for granted


Many of our ideas about the world are based more on feelings than facts, sensibilities than science, and rage than reality. We gravitate toward ideas that make us feel comfortable in areas such as religion, politics, philosophy, social justice, love and sex, humanity, and morality. We avoid ideas that make us feel uncomfortable. This avoidance is a largely unconscious process that affects our judgment and gets in the way of our ability to reach rational and reasonable conclusions. By understanding how our mind works in this area, we can start embracing uncomfortable ideas and be better informed, be more understanding of others, and make better decisions in all areas of life.

Audience

This course was designed for students 13 and up.

Learning Resources

For this course, text, audio, and video resources are used. All of the resources are compatible with virtually all modern web-browsers and mobile devices.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Required Resources

There are no required resources for this course.

Optional Resources

There are no optional resources for this course.

Student Expectations

As a self-paced course, there are no time expectations. However, student support is limited to 6 months from the start of the course date. Students are expected to communicate with instructors and other students in a professional and respectful manner.

This Syllabus May Be Updated

The contents of this syllabus may change from time to time. All students will be notified by e-mail of any significant changes.

Lessons in this Course

Click on any lesson below to see the lesson details. If you are a student and logged in, or if the lesson is a sample lesson, you will be able to go to the lesson.

Section 1: Life Partners

Lesson #1: Is There a Perfect Person for Everyone?

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Lesson #2: For Those Who Are Compatible with Others, Is There More Than One “Special” Person?

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Lesson #3: Is There Anything Morally, Ethically, or Functionally Wrong with Polyamory (a Relationship with Multiple, Consenting, Adult Partners)?

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Lesson #4: Aside from Being Illegal, Is There Anything Wrong with Polygamy (having Multiple Wives) or Polyandry (having Multiple Husbands)?

Assume all are consenting adults involved who are aware of the arrangement (i.e., no deception or cheating). Also, assume this act takes place in a culture where neither the women nor men are forced or pressured into the relationship.

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Lesson #5: Can One Truly Love Their Spouse and Still Cheat on Them?

“Cheating” is defined as a husband or wife having sexual intercourse with someone other than their spouse without the knowledge and permission of their spouse.

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Lesson #6: Can One Love More Than One Person Romantically at the Same Time?

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Lesson #7: Can a Marriage or Long-term Relationship End in Divorce/break Up and Still Be Successful?

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Lesson #8: Is Divorce Itself Morally Wrong?

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Lesson #9: Is It Better for Children to Have a Father and a Mother Than Two Mothers or Two Fathers (as in Same-sex Couples)?

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Section 2: Love and Sex

Lesson #10: Is Being Gay Morally Wrong?

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Lesson #11: Is It Wrong to Be Sexually Attracted to a Post-pubescent Child?

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Lesson #12: Are Any Acts of Sex Between Two Consenting Adults Morally Wrong?

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Lesson #13: Should Prostitution Be Illegal?

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Lesson #14: Is Prostitution Morally Wrong?

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Lesson #15: Is Telling Strangers or Acquaintances That You Love Them More of a Sanctimonious Act Than a Sincere Expression of Love?

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Lesson #16: Can One Feel the Love of Another Person and What Exactly Does That Mean?

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Lesson #17: Is Love Really a Force for Good?

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Lesson #18: Is It Wrong for Teens to Have Sex?

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Section 3: Humanity

Lesson #19: Is Human Population Control a Good Idea?

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Lesson #20: Would the World Be a Better Place If All Those Who Were Suffering Disappeared or Never Existed?

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Lesson #21: Can One Really Do Anything Out of Pure Altruism, or Does Every Altruistic Act Have Some Self-serving Element?

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Lesson #22: Can a Society Survive with Only All Ambitious People, or Does It Need Unambitious, Unmotivated, and Uneducated People to Take the Crap Jobs That the Others Won’t Do?

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Lesson #23: If Someone Is Suffering and Wants to Die, Is Letting Them Take Their Own Life a Good Option?

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Lesson #24: At What Point Is Receiving Medical Assistance “Interfering with God’s Plan” or “Interfering with Nature”?

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Lesson #25: Can Everything Be Reduced to a Rational Answer, or Is Emotion Needed?

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Lesson #26: In the Future, If Every Part of You Could Be Replaced with Cybernetic Parts, and You Were Replaced Part by Part, Would You Still Be You?

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Lesson #27: Does It Matter to You What Happens to Your Body After You Die?

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Section 4: ‘Murica

Lesson #28: Is the Constitution Outdated and in Need of an Overhaul?

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Lesson #29: Would We Want the Founding Fathers Running Our Country Today?

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Lesson #30: Do More People Join the Military Because They Can’t Get a Better Job or Do More People Join Because They Are Heroes and Patriots?

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Lesson #31: Should We Be Teaching Our Children to Pledge Their Allegiance to Our Country?

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Lesson #32: Should Those Who Are Religious Be Asking God to Bless Humanity, Not Just America?

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Lesson #33: Is an American Life Worth More Than an African Life?

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Lesson #34: Is America the Greatest Country in the World? If So, Based on What Metrics?

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Lesson #35: Do You Think the Military Demonizes the Enemy (i.e., Tells Lies About Them, Exaggerates Their Faults, Ignores the Good They Do) So American Soldiers Can Be More Motivated to Kill?

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Lesson #36: How Was America Better in the Past Than It Is Today?

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Lesson #37: How Is America Better Today Than It Was in the Past?

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Lesson #38: If You Could Bring Back an American Legal and Political System of Any Year, When Would It Be and Why?

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Lesson #39: Is It Acceptable to Require Others to Follow Your Moral, Religious, or Philosophical Beliefs and If So, When?

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Lesson #40: Do All Americans Have an Equal Opportunity to Live “the American Dream”?

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Lesson #41: Are Some People More Disadvantaged Than Others?

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Lesson #42: Should the Government Help Those Who Are Currently Disadvantaged, and to What Degree?

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Lesson #43: Should All Recreational Drugs Be Made Legal?

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Lesson #44: Is Democracy the Best Form of Government?

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Lesson #45: Are Dictatorships and Monarchs Superior to Democracies Providing the Leaders Are Kind and Good Leaders?

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Lesson #46: If You Are Politically Ignorant, Should You Vote?

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Lesson #47: What Is the Difference Between Democracy and Decision by Majority? What Happens If Morons Make Up the Majority of Our Country?

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Section 5: Faith, God, and Religion

Lesson #48: Is There Such Thing as a Soul?

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Lesson #49: Do Other Species Have Souls?

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Lesson #50: If We Are All Born with Perfect Souls, What Is It About a Person That Makes Them a Bad Person, and Should They Deserve to Go to Hell Because of That?

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Lesson #51: If Some People Are Born with Evil Souls, Is That Their Fault or God’s Fault?

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Lesson #52: If You Were Born in the Middle East, to Muslim Parents, in a Muslim Culture, Do You Think You Would Be Anything but Muslim?

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Lesson #53: Do You Think It Is Just for a God to Judge People Based on Their Beliefs Given That Belief Is Strongly Correlated with Geography and the Beliefs of One’s Parents?

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Lesson #54: Why Did God Put the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden?

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Lesson #55: How Can God Blame Us for Our Imperfections When He Made Us That Way? (perfect People Don't Make Horrible Decisions That Curse Mankind)

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Lesson #56: If We Admire Christians Who Live in Ways That Are Consistent with Their “faith,” Can We Blame Other Cultures for Living Consistently with Their Non-Christian Faith?

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Lesson #57: Why Is Faith a Good Thing to Have?

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Lesson #58: How Do We Know What to Put Our Faith In? Through Faith?

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Lesson #59: If One Has Enough Evidence and Reason to Believe in the Christian God, Then What Is Faith Needed For?

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Lesson #60: How Much Tolerance Should We Have for a Religion We Don’t Believe?

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Lesson #61: Should We Live Our Lives According to the Bible?

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Lesson #62: Is It Right for Certain Religions to Encourage Large Families?

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Lesson #63: Is Using Birth Control Morally Wrong?

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Lesson #64: Should We Be Held Responsible for the “sins” of Our Ancestors?

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Lesson #65: Why Does Human Sacrifice of the Innocent Pay for the Sins of the Guilty?

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Lesson #66: By What Method Do We Determine Which Parts of the Bible We Should Ignore (e.g., Kill Gays and Kids That Mouth Off to Adults) and Which We Should Follow?

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Lesson #67: In the Bible, How Can We Tell the Difference Between Literal Truth, Figurative Speech, “spiritual” Truths, or Just Beliefs of the Authors?

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Lesson #68: If There Was No Literal Adam, Eve, and Talking Serpent, What the Point of Jesus and Why Did Jesus Seem to Think There Were a Literal Adam and Eve?

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Lesson #69: If Adam and Eve Did Not Know About Good and Evil Before They Ate the Forbidden Fruit, How Were They Supposed to Know That Not Obeying God Was Evil?

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Lesson #70: If You Didn’t Believe in Any Eternal Reward or Punishment, Would You Live Your Life Differently and If So How? How Do You Think Your Answer Affects Your Morality?

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Lesson #71: What If When We Die, That’s the End for Us? How Would Your Views on This Life Change?

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Lesson #72: What Makes a God a God?

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Lesson #73: Why Won’t God Heal Amputees?

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Lesson #74: Why Would Jesus Want You to Eat His Body and Drink His Blood?

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Lesson #75: Why Do Christians Get Divorced, Get Sick, and Die at the Same Rate as Non-Christians?

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Lesson #76: Why Did an All-loving God Create Evil?

 ("I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things." Isaah 45:7)

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Lesson #77: Why Do You Think God Make the Eating of Shellfish and Ham, or a Woman Wearing a Man’s Clothing, “abominations”?

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Lesson #78: An All-knowing God Knows Who Will Ultimately Reject Him, So Why Does a Perfectly Good God Create People Who He Knows Will End Up in Hell?

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Lesson #79: Can a Mass Murderer Go to Heaven for Accepting Your Religion, While a Doctor Who Spends Most of Her Life Healing People in Third-world Countries Go to Hell for Not?

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Lesson #80: Is It Morally Right to Have Children If You Believe That There Is a Good Chance They Will End Up in Hell?

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Section 6: Metaphysics

Lesson #81: Is There Such Thing as “freewill” and If So, What Does It Mean Exactly?

Lesson #82: What If We Are the Creations of a More Advanced Civilization and We Are Living in a Simulated World? What Would You Do Differently?

Lesson #83: What’s the Point of Life? When You Answer, Keep Asking “so What?”

Lesson #84: What Is the Nature of Reality?

Lesson #85: What Is Truth, Exactly?

Lesson #86: How Do We Decide What’s True If There Is No God?

Lesson #87: How Can We Tell If Something Exists or Not?

Lesson #88: Where Does Logic Come From?

Lesson #89: Where Does Reason Come From?

Lesson #90: Can Something Come from Nothing?

Lesson #91: What Do You Think Consciousness Is?

Lesson #92: Try Your Best to Explain the Attraction of Forces.

Lesson #93: Is Beauty Objective? If So, What Is the Standard of Beauty?

Lesson #94: How Does the Mind Interact with the Body?

Lesson #95: Do You Think Computers Will Ever Become Conscious?

Lesson #96: What, If Anything, Can You Be Certain Of?

Section 7: Morality

Lesson #97: What Makes Something or Someone “Immoral”?

Lesson #98: How Do You Know the Difference Between Right and Wrong?

Lesson #99: What Is the Difference Between Morality and Obedience?

Lesson #100: Is It Morally Acceptable to Take One Human Life to Save Two?

If not, how many lives would have to be saved for the taking of one life to be morally acceptable?

Lesson #101: If Something Is Morally Wrong, Does That Mean That It Was Always Morally Wrong and Will Always Be Morally Wrong?

Lesson #102: If Something Is Morally Wrong for One Person, Is It Also Morally Wrong for Everyone?

Lesson #103: If Something Is Morally Wrong Under One Set of Circumstances, Is It Morally Wrong Under All Sets of Circumstances?

Lesson #104: Is It the Act That Is Morally Wrong, or the Reasons Behind the Act, or Does It Not Matter?

Lesson #105: Is It Morally Wrong to Commit Suicide?

Lesson #106: Is It Morally Wrong to End Your Life If You Are Terminally Ill and Suffering?

Lesson #107: Should People Be Forced to Share Non-vital Organs and Fluids with People Who Need Them to Survive?

Lesson #108: Should Women Be Required by Law (civil or Moral) to See All Pregnancies to Term?

Lesson #109: Is There Anything Morally Wrong with Using Recreational Drugs?

Lesson #110: Is There Anything Morally Wrong with Getting Drunk?

Lesson #111: What Is the Difference Between Murder and “Justified Killing”?

Lesson #112: If Your $10 Can Feed a Starving Child in Africa for a Month, Is It Right to Spend Your Money on Multiple Pairs of Shoes, Movies, and Other Luxuries?

Lesson #113: Is It Morally Wrong to Be Proud of Your Accomplishments?

Lesson #114: Is It Morally Acceptable to Kill Animals and If So, Why?

Lesson #115: Why Should Humans’ Right to Life and Dignity Be Any Different from a Non-human Life?

Lesson #116: Would It Be Morally Acceptable for an Advanced Life Form to Kill Us for Food or Sport Because They Are Exponentially More Conscious and Intelligent Than We Are?

Lesson #117: Is Valuing Freedom More Than Safety Right or Wrong?

Lesson #118: If You Believe That God Told You to Kill Someone, Would You?

Lesson #119: Is There Always a Right Moral Answer to Every Moral Question (i.e. Objectivism)?

Lesson #120: Is Doing the Right Thing for the Wrong Reason Immoral?

Lesson #121: Is Doing the Wrong Thing for the Right Reason Immoral?

Lesson #122: Is There a Difference Between Moral Values and Moral Duties?

Lesson #123: Is Taking Action to Kill Someone Morally Different from Failing to Act When You Can Easily and Risk-free Save Someone’s Life?

Lesson #124: Can Something Be Moral in One Culture, but Immoral in Another?

Lesson #125: Is Well-being What We Ultimately Consider the Basis of Morality?

If so, how do we define well-being? Can people define it differently in that it changes what actions can be moral or immoral?

Lesson #126: What Well-being Should Be the Basis of Morality?

Well-being of whom? Self? Family? Country? Humanity? Other life forms? Nature? Is there an order of importance and if so, how do we determine the order?

Lesson #127: Should We Include the Mental or Psychological Well-being of Others?

Lesson #128: Is It More Moral to Reduce Suffering or Increase Happiness?

Lesson #129: Is Morality About the Well-being of the Maximum Number of People or the Maximum Well-being of People?

Lesson #130: To Judge Something as Right or Wrong, Do We Need a Moral Standard or Just a Moral Comparison (like Judging If a Person Is Attractive or Not)?

Lesson #131: If There Are Objective Moral Facts, What Are They?

Lesson #132: Is Lying Ever Acceptable?

Lesson #133: Is Retributive Justice Humane?

Section 8: Mental Health

Lesson #134: Are Those Who Experience Negative Life Events “traumatized,” Because We, as a Society, Coddle Them Too Much?

Lesson #135: How Do We Determine the Difference Between a Psychological Problem and an Socially Acceptable Deviation from Normal Behavior?

Lesson #136: Do People Have Any Control Over Depression?

Lesson #137: Why Is Homosexuality No Longer Classified as a Mental Disorder (it Was Until 1973)?

Lesson #138: Is There Really Such Thing as a Sex Addiction?

Section 9: Politically Incorrect

Lesson #139: Are Some Stereotypes Accurate? Which Ones?

Lesson #140: Are There Professions That Men Are Better at Then Women and Vice Versa?

Lesson #141: Does the Victim Ever Deserve Some of the Blame, If Not All of It?

Lesson #142: Is It Wrong to Prefer People Who Are Most Like Us, Even If They Are Only Like Us in Skin Color and Gender?

Lesson #143: Why Is Saying “people of Color” Appropriate but Saying “colored People” Is Not?

Lesson #144: Is Life Easier for Good Looking People Than Ugly People?

Lesson #145: Are Black People More Likely to Commit Violent Crime, or Just More Likely to Get Convicted?

Lesson #146: Does Being Disgusted by Watching Two People of the Same Sex Passionately Kiss Make Someone Homophobic?

Lesson #147: What Makes Something or Someone Racist?

Lesson #148: Can Something Be Racist to One Person and Not to Another? Who Is Right?

Lesson #149: Is Racism Getting Worse with Increased Sensitivity to Racial Differences?

Lesson #150: What Makes Something or Someone Sexist?

Lesson #151: Can Something Be Sexist to One Person and Not to Another? Who Is Right?

Lesson #152: Is Sexism Getting Worse with Increased Sensitivity to Gender Differences?

Lesson #153: Are There Certain Groups That Are More Privileged Than Others?

Lesson #154: Which Group Is More Privileged, Economically Depressed White Men or Wealthy Black Men?

Lesson #155: All Things Being Equal, Should Minority Job Candidates Be Selected Over Non-minority Job Candidates?

Lesson #156: Does the Creation and Promotion of Minority Groups Help People to Forget About Differences or Make These Differences More Salient?

Lesson #157: Is It Acceptable for White Students to Form a “White Student Alliance” in a Predominately Black School?

Lesson #158: Are Thoughts and Prayers Just a Substitution for Taking Action That Will Actually Help?

Lesson #159: If You Have a Penis and a Beard, but Identify as a Woman, Is It Still Okay to Use the Women’s Bathroom?

Lesson #160: Are Fat People Perfect the Way They Are?

Lesson #161: Why Is Telling a Woman She Has Beautiful Eyes Acceptable, but Telling Her She Has Beautiful Breasts Offensive?

Section 10: On the Lighter Side

Lesson #162: Do You Think Women Who Get Their Hair Chopped Off Get Compliments Because It Really Looks Good, or Because Saying Nothing Would Simply Be Too Awkward?

Lesson #163: Does Posting on Social Media About All the Charity Work and Kind Things You Do for Others Make You an Ass?

Lesson #164: Does Posting Photos on Social Media of Your Expensive Vacations That Many of Your Friends Could Never Afford Make You an Ass?

Lesson #165: What If the Author of This Book Is in Cahoots with World Leaders and Satan, and Wrote This Book as Part of a Master Plan to Destroy America and Create Godless Heathens?

Section 11: Bonus Questions

Lesson #166: If Your Spouse Got Sex Change, Would You Stay Married to Them?

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About Your Instructor

Bo Bennett, PhD. Bo Bennett's personal motto is "Expose an irrational belief, keep a person rational for a day. Expose irrational thinking, keep a person rational for a lifetime." Much of his work is in the area of education—not teaching people what to think, but how to think. His projects include his books, The Concept: A Critical and Honest Look at God and Religion, Logically Fallacious, the most comprehensive collection of logical fallacies, and Year To Success, a full year course in success. Bo has a podcast/blog called "The Dr. Bo Show" at http://www.TheDrBoShow.com where he takes a critical thinking-, reason-, and science-based approach to issues that matter with the goal of educating and entertaining.

Bo holds a PhD in social psychology, with a master's degree in general psychology and bachelor's degree in marketing. His complete bio along with current projects can be found at BoBennett.com.

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Passive Microlearning Course:

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