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Outlander Episode 3 Review: Faith vs Logic

Jessica McNeill Azar | Posted 08.25.2014 | Entertainment
Jessica McNeill Azar

As a woman who embraces her career as a nurse, Claire bases her beliefs on scientific fact. When she lands in the 18th century Scottish Highlands, she finds a culture who's beliefs are firmly rooted in an odd marriage of Catholicism and superstition.

Intuition vs. Impulse

Zach Dean | Posted 08.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Zach Dean

We fall into patterns of decision making. Emotional decisions lead to more emotional decisions and logical decisions lead to more logical decisions... We have to work to make the intuitive decision. That is until intuitive decision making becomes a habit.

Do You See the Universe Clearly?

David J. Eicher | Posted 07.28.2014 | Science
David J. Eicher

If you use your intuition, believe what others tell you on first blush, or simply try to calculate your way to conclusions, probably not. If you view the world empirically, watching as numerous observations and experiments put together conclusions, then yes, you see the world as a scientist.

Rising Star of Rap: Meet Logic

Steve Harmon | Posted 08.09.2014 | Entertainment
Steve Harmon

Recently I got introduced to a new hip hop artist, a rapper known as Logic. And I said this sounds fresh. Far from the braggadacio and my penis is bigger than your penis style often found in rap, Logic takes a different path based on his background.

Everyone Needs Some Logic in Their Life

Ahmad Khan | Posted 08.04.2014 | Entertainment
Ahmad Khan

Meet Logic. He's the 24-year-old rapper from Maryland who's already released three critically acclaimed mixtapes, amassed a huge global fanbase, and is currently on his second nationwide tour of the year.

The Illusion of Logic

Dr. F. Emelia Sam | Posted 05.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. F. Emelia Sam

Temember that when you are using airtight logic to get what you want, poke a few holes in it to allow this other force to breathe. Allow the magic of the universe to weave its way through the fluid foundation you have built. Remain flexible as to how things are "supposed to" happen. There's something bigger at play.

Yoga and Baseball: 108 Degrees of Harmonic Convergence

Lauren Cahn | Posted 05.11.2014 | Comedy
Lauren Cahn

Spring and baseball. Baseball and Spring. They arrive together just as surely as winter and spring converge at the vernal equinox.

Woody or Dylan: Whose Story to Believe?

Kimberly Dark | Posted 04.06.2014 | Celebrity
Kimberly Dark

We've all been trained to believe, since childhood, that sexual predators are true crazies, deviants, and the stranger in the black sedan cruising the playground for victims.

Bad Math: Rationalization in Fiction

Harrison Demchick | Posted 02.08.2014 | Books
Harrison Demchick

I call this 2 + 2 = 5: a writer's tendency to insist upon something that isn't true. In reality, two plus two does not equal five. Two plus two will never equal five.

Tech Leave You Cold? Major in Philosophy!

Michael Sigman | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Michael Sigman

If I had to choose one word to explain why I chose philosophy as my college major, that word would be "Nausea." I'm talking, of course, about Nausea,...

Back to the Back to the Future

Anuraag Girdhar | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Anuraag Girdhar

Do you believe in free will? Then you cannot travel into the future, even though our understanding of the limits of technological progress almost guarantee that we will have a mechanism for doing so one day.

Republicans and Their Myths -- If Republicans Say It, the Opposite Must Be True

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics
Leslie K. Stein

Republicans, the gig is up. We are on to you. The truth: if Republicans say it, then the opposite is true. So stop repeating the lies, or just stop talking. Let us examine some well-known sound-bites that those on the right love to spout and repeat.

Brain Magic From a Communications Lens

Nick Cowling | Posted 10.09.2013 | TED Weekends
Nick Cowling

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgKeith Barry's TEDTalk on Brain Magic is an entertaining display of the loopholes of logic. He demonstrates how the brain uses millions of pieces of information to make a decision, while we only consciously acknowledge a tiny fraction of what is happening around us.

The Bird and the Biscuit: Playing by the Rules

Harrison Demchick | Posted 09.29.2013 | Books
Harrison Demchick

When readers are distracted by illogic, they're not invested in your narrative; no matter how good the rest of your story may be, it's simply not going to hit readers the same way. Run a switchblade through a small part of the Mona Lisa and no one notices the masterpiece. All they see is the scratch.

Diverging Bases: The Case Against the Metric System

Lila Nordstrom | Posted 05.21.2013 | Science
Lila Nordstrom

In the same way that the foot was obviously invented by a potentially vain, math-hating medieval person, the meter was clearly invented by an anti-social mathematician.

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.

Why I Like Negative Ads

Jonathan Haber | Posted 02.08.2013 | Media
Jonathan Haber

I actually like negative ads. I know this might seem counterintuitive, given that negative ads suffer from so many shortcomings critical thinking-wise. But negative ads at least present an argument.

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.

The Top Ten Reasons Why The Top Ten Reasons Don't Matter

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 01.19.2013 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who divide humanity into two kinds of people and those who don't.

Food As a Reward: What Are We Teaching?

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 01.09.2013 | Food
Linda Novick O'Keefe

Every single one of our meals with our families should be treated as a celebration of life. After all, the food we prepare, share and eat is what sustains and nourishes us and, in fact, keeps us alive.

Bias Always Hurts the One You Love

Jonathan Haber | Posted 12.16.2012 | Education
Jonathan Haber

Before deciding that a campaign based on accusations of dishonesty must work, it might be worth checking your own biases at the door, at least long enough to ensure they are not leading you, your cause and your candidate over another cliff.

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."

Is Necrophilia Wrong?

bigthink.com | Posted 02.29.2012 | Home

The major problem is that almost all arguments about respect for the dead tend to be extrapolations from the idea of humans as some kind of cosmic or ...

Encountering The Glory Of God In Nature

Daliah Merzaban | Posted 11.13.2011 | Religion
Daliah Merzaban

While reading the Quran I was struck by the number of times God asks us to seek wisdom, use our reason and look at evidence in nature and history in order to grow deeper in faith.