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Logic

Teaching Logic in the Age of Emotion

Andrew Cotto | Posted 01.23.2017 | College
Andrew Cotto

As an instructor of English, I'm in the business of helping college students become writers. In order to write well, they have to be able to think cri...

We'll All Be Better Off If We Ask Better Questions in 2017

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 01.03.2017 | Media
The University of Central Florida Forum

By Bruce Janz UCF Forum columnist I found myself at the end of 2016 thinking about how differently we all make sense out of our shared experiences la...

Can You Trust Your Gut?

Krishna Pendyala | Posted 12.16.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Krishna Pendyala

We have all been told at least once in our lives, "You need to trust your gut." The words that usually follow the word gut, when used in a sentence ar...

British Left Waffles on Falklands

Jonathan Haber | Posted 09.01.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

On a recent drive, my son introduced me to the phrase which headlines this post, which reminded me that one of the great beauties of language, and a k...

Convergence

Jonathan Haber | Posted 07.12.2016 | Education
Jonathan Haber

In my day job as an educational researcher, I encounter a great many educational standards and other works trying to help ascertain the knowledge, ski...

What Can Brexit And Trump Teach Design?

Soren Petersen | Posted 06.27.2016 | Impact
Soren Petersen

Friday morning we all woke up to a world that had literally changed over night. Having arrived in Copenhagen from my home in Los Angeles the night before, and suffering from jet lag, I closely followed the election into the early morning.

Argumentation From Outrage

Jonathan Haber | Posted 06.13.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

I'm not sure what it means for our republic that a fallacy such as Argumentation from Outrage is on the verge of supplanting the whole package of logical and rhetorical techniques designed to construct a sound argument and then present it in a compelling manner. But I'm pretty sure it doesn't mean nothing.  

Association Fallacy

Jonathan Haber | Posted 06.06.2016 | Education
Jonathan Haber

Of all the fallacies described in Critical Voter, I suspect the one we'll be seeing the most of this election season is the already all-too-common Ass...

Background Knowledge

Jonathan Haber | Posted 05.31.2016 | Education
Jonathan Haber

In an age when nearly all data is just a Google away, some thoughtful people arguing for the importance of critical thinking in the context of educational reform seem to see critical-thinking tools as separate from the data (i.e., facts) to which those tools should be applied.

The Anxiety Thesis

Jonathan Haber | Posted 05.17.2016 | Education
Jonathan Haber

There is indeed anxiety within the population, and other fiery emotions as well. So rather than reject the Anxiety Thesis entirely, next time we will build on it to see if something else might explain the strange world in which we are currently living.

Simulating Evolution: How Close Do Computer Models Come to Reality?

The Conversation US | Posted 05.06.2016 | Technology
The Conversation US

Darwin's theory of evolution is a simple but powerful framework that explains how complexity can come from simplicity. How exactly this happened is, of course, a matter of intense research.

Logic Just Launched a Gaming Channel, This Is Why It's A Big Deal

DJBooth | Posted 05.02.2016 | Entertainment
DJBooth

This article originally appeared on DJBooth. --- Video games and rappers have a long, complicated relationship. Gaming is still considered rather n...

The Unexceptionalism of Religion

Omar Naseef | Posted 04.21.2016 | Religion
Omar Naseef

By subjecting Islam to rigorous logical and scientific scrutiny I have found peace because I've been able to develop a philosophy that is consistent, coherent, merciful, just and universally applicable. I've found substantial and satisfying answers to every question I've ever had.

Managing Expectations

Jonathan Haber | Posted 04.19.2016 | Education
Jonathan Haber

One of the most important rhetorical strategies for controlling debate is to set expectations, for yourself an others, in a way that maximizes your ch...

Arguing With Bernie

Jonathan Haber | Posted 03.31.2016 | Education
Jonathan Haber

I suspect that even those who are not Bernie boosters were less than satisfied with my recent analysis which used Aristotle's Square of Opposition to ...

Contradicting Bernie

Jonathan Haber | Posted 03.28.2016 | Education
Jonathan Haber

Let's take a look at a campaign artifact to see how one of the most important critical-thinking tools - logic - can help us determine if something we believe, want to believe, or violently disagree with might be correct or not.

No Friend of Honor: Donald Trump and the Politics of Hate

Paola K Amaras | Posted 03.18.2016 | Politics
Paola K Amaras

We need to understand something. This one-time joke has become a menace to society.

Predictability

Jonathan Haber | Posted 03.14.2016 | Education
Jonathan Haber

One of mankind's great passions (and fantasies) is the hope that we can both predict and control the future. And never does this belief become more fashionable -- and expensive -- than during a Presidential election.

Consistency

Jonathan Haber | Posted 02.22.2017 | Education
Jonathan Haber

Belief in a single contradiction, no matter how innocent-seeming (or justified in a particular political situation) turns logic in on itself, giving us the logical grounding to believe anything no matter how idiotic or untrue.

Splice Introduces Beat Maker Featuring Sounds by KSHMR, Lex Luger, Pegboard Nerds and KRNE

Buster Ross | Posted 02.19.2017 | Arts
Buster Ross

Splice is a cloud platform for musician creation, collaboration and sharing. If you are a music, producer, or dj and don't know about it yet, you will...

Splice Introduces Beat Maker featuring sounds by KSHMR, Lex Luger, Pegboard Nerds and KRNE

Buster Ross | Posted 02.18.2017 | Entertainment
Buster Ross

Splice is a cloud platform for musician creation, collaboration and sharing. If you are a music, producer, or dj and don't know about it yet, you will...

Approaching Love With Logic and Cynicism

Christina Scribner | Posted 02.02.2017 | Women
Christina Scribner

You can't wholeheartedly love anything or anyone without accepting the good with the bad. You've gotta love the fights, breakups, tears, and loneliness just as much as you love the candle lit dinners, chance meetings, and roses.

How to Be Calm Under Pressure

Dr. Travis Bradberry | Posted 01.16.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Dr. Travis Bradberry

Most of us have experienced that sickening moment when you realize you've made a serious mistake. The details are different for everybody, but at some point, we've all felt that rising tide of dread and panic. Mistakes and pressure are inevitable; the secret to getting past them is to stay calm.

Emotional Intelligence -- IQ vs. EQ

Garry Rodgers | Posted 01.04.2017 | Science
Garry Rodgers

There's a world of difference between book smarts and street sharps -- between braininess and savvy. The first has its place, but the second is more u...

Terrorism as Cancer and Vice Versa: Of Waving Fists and Forgotten Gloves

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.29.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Terrorism is commonly, and aptly, I think, compared to cancer. Generally, however, those making the association fail to follow where the logic of it l...