Wally Hurst talks about his presentation "What's Your Authority for that Statement?" at the Toronto Shakespeare authorship conference Oct. 17-20, 2013.
We have to recognize our own biases, our own fallacies, in our everyday thinking -- both in others, which is easy; and in ourselves, which is not so easy. It is very, very difficult to recognize our own biases. We always resort to ad hominim attacks -- which means attacking the person rather than the ideas they hold. We are comfortable with our own beliefs; we think we are the rational and logical ones and everybody who opposes us is irrational and illogical. Those are just two of the fallacies -- the mistakes in everyday thinking, the cognitive biases -- that we hold.He also proposed a method for thinking about evidence based on what he termed a "living theater proposition":
. . . examining evidence the way an actor builds character by answering six specific questions; we ask who, what, where, when, why and how. . . . We ask those questions much like an actor asks those questions in building their own character. We can talk about how good the evidence is -- what its veracity is: is it good evidence, some evidence, or evidence not even worth talking about.
He’s suffering from his own bias. Physician heal thyself! its very tough to do that. Its something we have to do ourselves. We are not part of a conspiracy therory. We’re a paradigm shift.Wally Hurst is director of the Norris Theatre and a faculty member at Louisburg College, NC where he teaches courses in English, drama and political science. He and his wife Maria Hurst will lead a tour of London May 11-20, 2014 through the Office of Alumni Relations at Louisburg College. Hurst plans to make his "What's your Authority for that Statement" (see note below) presentation available soon on YouTube. He may be reached at email@example.com or at 919 497 3429. Note on Michael Shermer: for more information on Shermer's view of the authorship as a conspiracy theory see "Skeptics take on the life and argued works of Shakespeare" by Michael Shermer, originally published as "Shakespeare Interrupted" in the July 31, 2009 edition of Scientific American. For Oberon commentary on the Shermer SA article see: "SciAm not so rational" "Tom Hunter comments on Shermer's SciAm essay" "Tom Hunter comments on Shahan/Shermer discussion on CHQR"
Note: "What's your Authority for that Statement?" video available on YouTube