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Ignoring the Audience

Jonathan Haber | Posted 10.10.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

As usual, I'm leaving it to others to dissect the second Presidential debate in terms of policy and politics and instead focus on what we can learn fr...

Beyond Words Alone: Poets as Artists of the Intentional

Harold Lloyd | Posted 09.25.2016 | Books
Harold Lloyd

In his wonderful The New Book of Forms, Lewis Turco tells us that poets "focus on mode, on language itself." Focusing on language, a poet in Turco's ...

Negative Ads vs. Toulmin

Jonathan Haber | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

In recent years, a host of new logical systems have emerged which allow us to do things Aristotle's system cannot.

Negative Ads vs. Aristotle

Jonathan Haber | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

Proving that an argument is invalid (ideally by showing that it ends in a logical contradiction) is one of the most effective ways to destroy an opponent's case.

Critical Thinking: How Long Does it Take?

Jonathan Haber | Posted 01.29.2013 | Education
Jonathan Haber

Far from being some form of esoteric knowledge, critical thinking turns out to be one of the more easy-to-learn and pragmatic skills available to all. Or at least all those willing to put in the reasonable amount of work needed to achieve success.

What Is Pilpul, And Why On Earth Should I Care About It?

David Shasha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Shasha

For those who have any concern with the Middle East conflict or with Judaism, what you know -- or do not know -- about pilpul is something upon which your well-being could depend.