Tag Archives: Logical fallacies

Like crack to me

Cracked is like crack to me.  Here is a fun list about systematic errors in reasoning.  Enjoy. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on … Continue reading

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A little back and forth

Normally these op-ed arguments go one way: pundit makes them, you must sit in stunned silence at the lunacy or the genius.  This week, however, we get a chance to see a little back-and-forth.  Well just once–once back, once forth … Continue reading

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Pile on

The other day I talked about this weak and hollow man rich column by Charles Krauthammer.  But there was way more about that column that an attentive undergraduate could have criticized.  Here's another tidbit.  He wrote: And now the mosque … Continue reading

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Straight face

Maggie Gallagher, president of NOM, writes: Despite the media hoopla, this is not the first case in which a federal judge has imagined and ruled that our Constitution requires same-sex marriage. A federal judge in Nebraska ruled for gay marriage … Continue reading

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Strongly implies

Most of George Will's straw men are hollow men–enemies, usually "liberals" made up out of thin air, and made to hold views that would embarass a member of the communist party.  Today we are provided with a rare treat.  We can … Continue reading

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Cornell, ever heard of it?

Thankfully Cornell University's very excellent philosophy program is off the hook for the following travesty: As I approach my 10-year college reunion, it's clear that I missed a few classes that would have proved helpful. Those classes include "Leadership and … Continue reading

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I think I might refine the definition of the argumentum ad imperfectionem somewhat today.  As I alleged the other day, ad imperfectionem fallacy occurs when one asserts that the minor errors in someone's argument may be justifiably exaggerated by opponents of that argument.  So, for … Continue reading

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The System Worked

Charles Krauthammer, the most dishonest pundit at the Post next to the rest of them, today goes on a rant about Obama's failure to talk tough in the war on terrorism–which, if we know anything from the Bush administration, didn't … Continue reading

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Mysterious ways

As I head off to vacation, let us marvel at Newt Ginrich marvelling at God's mysterious ways (courtesy of Media Matters): newtgingrich As callista and i watched what dc weather says will be 12 to 22 inches of snow i wondered … Continue reading

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Speaking of hacks

We have written something like 155 posts on George Will, most of them criticisms of his arguments. “Why him?” people ask (they really do). If you follow the links to blogs discussing his articles and read the rarely published letters … Continue reading

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