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I thought this segment of the Daily Show underscored just what distinguishes it from much of the rest of Cable TV media. Despite being a comedy show, they somehow managed, by the art of just stopping and thinking for a … Continue reading
Nate Silver, nerdy statistician at 538.com, correctly predicated the outcome of the recent election (with the exception, by the way, of one Senate race in North Dakota). Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, "numbers" guys by their own descriptions, did not. An … Continue reading
A commenter (John Small Berries) asked if we were going to comment on the Republican National Convention. The answer is no. So here's a comment on the RNC. Ripped from the headlines this morning (via Eschaton via TPM), here is the following exchange between … Continue reading
The iron man works like the straw man. You take an argument (or an arguer), distort his argument, pick an urepresentative feature of his argument, or you invent an argument the person does not make all in order to make the argument the person makes … Continue reading
If only he know the word for this behavior, his post would be snappier. But here is Paul Krugman talking about the phenomenon of Iron Manning. The case at hand is the iron manning of Paul Ryan's budget plan. You … Continue reading
There is a natural tendency to iron man one's own arguments; that's why self-assessment is not an accurate measure of a position's cogency. It also often turns out that such self-ironmanning comes along with underestimating the strength of positions opposed … Continue reading