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Logical Fallacies

A Pastor Walks Into a Room Full of Atheists

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 07.25.2016 | Religion
Gleb Tsipursky

By guest blogger Caleb Pitkin This article first appeared on the blog of Intentional Insights, a nonprofit organization that empowers people to ref...

Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking - Part 4: How Greek Ethics Conquered the Western World

Frank Breslin | Posted 06.06.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

One of the purposes of a humanities course is to stimulate critical thinking. It need not always be a free-fire zone of narrowly focused rat-a-tat questions, but can be a leisurely ramble through a laid-back moodscape that poses a question in search of an answer.

Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking -- Part 1: Why Students Need the Humanities Now More Than Ever

Frank Breslin | Posted 04.25.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

Students today grow up in such a distracted and meaningless world that, unless schools give them some idea of where we have come from as a cultural tradition, schools themselves run the risk of becoming part of that meaninglessness.

A Whimsical Look at Fallacies: Appeal to Authority -- Part 4: The Limits of Reason

Frank Breslin | Posted 04.06.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

Dear Reader, prepare yourself for mental legerdemain. As you recall, Part 1 of our story tells of Everyman, conditioned from birth to believe the aut...

A Whimsical Look at Fallacies: Appeal to Authority Part 3: Leaving Plato's Cave, a Student Guide

Frank Breslin | Posted 03.23.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

Fixed in one brief moment of time and place on an insignificant planet in a minor galaxy, we unaccountably believe that we are the navel of the universe, the measure of all things, the epitome of creation, and the Alpha and Omega of the Good, the True, and the Beautiful.

A Whimsical Look at Fallacies: Appeal to Authority -- Part 2: A Nuanced Guide to Authorities

Frank Breslin | Posted 03.11.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

As you doubtless have realized by now, the questions that ended Part 1 of this series have never been answered in 25 centuries of Western philosophy....

A Whimsical Look at Fallacies: Appeal to Authority - Part 1: The Myths of the Tribe

Frank Breslin | Posted 02.25.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

Once upon a time in a faraway land, there dwelt a people who never succeeded in quite growing up. From the time they were children until they bade adi...

A Whimsical Look at Fallacies: Appeal to Antiquity -- Part 3

Frank Breslin | Posted 01.14.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

I wish to spirit you away today to the rarefied realm of celestial metaphysics by having you respond to yet another reason why people believe in old ideas.

A Whimsical Look at Fallacies: Appeal to Antiquity - Part 2

Frank Breslin | Posted 12.31.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

Call it what you will: advertising, propaganda, public relations, indoctrination, lobbying, disinformation, brainwashing, spin, mind control, or manufacturing consent, they all have the same function -- getting people to think what you want them to think.

A Whimsical Look at Fallacies: Appeal to Antiquity -- Part 1

Frank Breslin | Posted 12.18.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

You've met them. You've heard them. You know what they're like. Those slaves of antiquity! Those idolaters of yesterday! Forever wallowing in the past! "The past had all the answers! They were closer to the sources, the fountains of wisdom, the wellsprings of life!"

Biting the Hand That Feeds: Entitlements and the Fundamental Attribution Error

Harold Lloyd | Posted 03.04.2016 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

How can otherwise uninsurable voters proudly support candidates opposing universal healthcare? Are such voters simply unintelligent? Even more puzzling, how can voters receiving food stamps or other governmental assistance proudly claim to be "anti-government"?

Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc

Lisa Longo | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Lisa Longo

Some insurance companies are canceling policies, so therefore our president must have lied. Nope. Not true. It is a handy talking point for the opposition, but it is in fact, just another logical fallacy. Once you start listening for them, you'll find them everywhere.

Gunsmoke and Mirrors: The Assault on Reason

Rick Horowitz | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Time for some honest conversation about firearms?...

The Dangerous World of Logical Fallacies

Mario Livio | Posted 12.09.2012 | Science
Mario Livio

Some fallacies are very seductive, and avoiding them requires a close examination of the logic involved. A famous one concerns the warning against stepping onto a "slippery slope."

Doug's Dozen: 12 Logical Fallacies Defined!

Doug Molitor | Posted 06.09.2012 | Comedy
Doug Molitor

I've noticed a lot of arguments on the Internet run aground due to unsound reasoning. In order to combat such irrational thinking, I present this list as a public service.

5 Logical Fallacies That Make You Wrong More Than You Think

www.cracked.com | Posted 01.02.2012 | Comedy

The Internet has introduced a golden age of ill-informed arguments. You can't post a video of an adorable kitten without a raging debate about pet iss...