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Cross Examined Life improves the way we disagree with one another. Each week, my guests advances and defends their position on a controversial topic. Then together, we exemplify thoughtful and respectful disagreement. I’m Chris – I love challenging assumptions. I encourage you to Ask More Questions.

Cross Examined Life Chris Tatem

    • Philosophy
    • 5.0 • 26 Ratings

Cross Examined Life improves the way we disagree with one another. Each week, my guests advances and defends their position on a controversial topic. Then together, we exemplify thoughtful and respectful disagreement. I’m Chris – I love challenging assumptions. I encourage you to Ask More Questions.

    052 - Is Rioting Defensible?

    052 - Is Rioting Defensible?

    Gabe defends: Riots are a valuable and effective form of protest.
    PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS
    1. Layer your arguments in support of one another.
    2. Cite both historical and recent examples in support of your position.

    • 57 min
    051 - Should Stocking Up on Supplies Prior to a Crisis Be Illegal?

    051 - Should Stocking Up on Supplies Prior to a Crisis Be Illegal?

    Chris defends: Stocking up on supplies prior to and during a crisis should be illegal.
    PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS
    1. If your conversation partner only offers criticisms with no proposed solution, insist that they at least sketch out, in broad strokes, a potential solution to the problem identified.
    2. Acknowledge that your conversation partner may have already answered your question, and then confirm that you understand their argument thus far, before asking your next question.
    3. Use your conversation partner’s source of data as you present them with tough questions.
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    • 46 min
    050 - Does Fake News Exist?

    050 - Does Fake News Exist?

    Ed defends: Fake News is a significant problem in 2020.
    PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS
    1. If your question is not answered the first or second time, find new ways to ask it, until it's answered.
    2. If there's an assumption baked into your question, generously respond when your partner points that out.
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    • 54 min
    049 - Does Universal Basic Income Make Sense?

    049 - Does Universal Basic Income Make Sense?

    Mike defends: Universal Basic Income Does Not Make Sense.
    PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS
    1. If you can zoom out and determine whether you fundamentally disagree about the role of a certain institution in society, that will help frame the argument.
    2. Instead of labeling the other side's position as something potentially condescending, just respond to the merits of the idea.
    3. Be honest! State what hurdle would have to be removed for you to be on board with the opposing viewpoint.
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    048 - Should Kids Have Any Right to Privacy Online?

    048 - Should Kids Have Any Right to Privacy Online?

    Ashley defends: Kids under 16 should not have privacy online.
    PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS
    1. When you mention something specific in conversation, take a moment to verify that your conversation partner is as familiar with that thing as you are. If they are not, generously explain it, rather than rushing past it and assuming they know it.
    2. When you answer a hypothetical question that extends your argument even further, don’t be afraid to qualify your YES/NO that adds nuance and specificity to your answer, if there are some situations in which your answer just wouldn’t apply.

    • 22 min
    047 - Are Anti-Vaxxers Making the World More Dangerous?

    047 - Are Anti-Vaxxers Making the World More Dangerous?

    Marden defends: Anti-Vaxxers Are Making the World More Dangerous.
    PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS
    1. Even when someone is unwilling to take our suggestion, respect their right to disagree with you, educate them on what you believe to be the consequences of their choice, and generously invite them to return in the future, if they would ever need your services or further information in the future.
    2. When our conversation incorrectly summarizes our words or mischaracterizes our statements, try to avoid being defense, aggressive, or condescending about them misquoting you, and instead reach for generous, kind and forgiving language, like what Marden used when he said, “Ah no, I didn’t quite say that.”
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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

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26 Ratings

26 Ratings

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Thoughtful, helpful and engaging

I love listening to Chris and his guests dig into today’s issues. They always seem to do so in a thoughtful, engaging way that helps me see the world a little differently. This is definitely a must listen for all of us!

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