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  • Exclusive Test Data: Many Colleges Fail to Improve Critical-Thinking Skills

    06/07/2017 6:04:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 5, 2017 | Douglas Belkin
    Freshmen and seniors at about 200 colleges across the U.S. take a little-known test every year to measure how much better they get at learning to think. The results are discouraging. At more than half of schools, at least a third of seniors were unable to make a cohesive argument, assess the quality of evidence in a document or interpret data in a table, The Wall Street Journal found after reviewing the latest results from dozens of...
  • The Death of Facts

    05/04/2017 6:50:58 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski
    Gatestone Institute ^ | May 3, 2017 | Douglas Murray
    Every week in America brings another spate of defeats for freedom of speech. This past week it was Ann Coulter's turn (yet again) to be banned from speaking at Berkeley for what the university authorities purport to be "health and safety" reasons -- meaning the health and safety of the speaker. Each time this happens, there are similar responses. Those who broadly agree with the views of the speaker complain about the loss of one of the fundamental rights which the Founding Fathers bestowed on the American people. Those who may be on the same political side but find the...
  • Calling Out Jonathan Rauch

    05/19/2016 9:10:49 AM PDT · by Jandy on Genesis · 5 replies
    Ethics Forum ^ | May 15, 2016 | Alice C Linsley
    Alice C. Linsley Gay activist Jonathan Charles Rauch describes himself as "an unrepentantly atheistic Jewish homosexual" which is to say that he has completely rejected the traditional wisdom of his ancestors. Jonathan Rauch is so lacking in critical thinking skills as to be dangerous. Rauch’s “Case for Gay Marriage” is full of fallacious arguments, as I have demonstrated to my Ethics students. J. Rauch’s First Premise: Marriage is necessary to providing reliable caregivers. This assumption is not true. It is, in fact, verifiable false since we are able to observe that reliable caregivers exist who are not married to the...
  • Question to Cruz Supporters (Vanity)

    03/11/2016 10:04:43 AM PST · by tatown · 184 replies
    self | 3/11/16 | tatown
    An honest question to all Cruz supporters that try to describe Trump as a democrat/liberal. If you believe that Trump really is a democrat, and Cruz can't beat him in the GOP primaries, how in the heck do you expect him to win in the general against a real democrat?
  • How to Encourage Intellectual Christians in the Evangelical Church

    "The church is always more than a school. . . . But the church cannot be less than a school." - Jaroslav Pelikan, Yale historical theologian1 Being an idea-oriented, bookish, and cerebral-type of Christian can have its challenges. Often times, intellectually inclined believers find it hard to fit into their local evangelical church.2 This difficulty usually arises because the life of the mind is not often identified as a high church priority. So, unfortunately too many churches within the broad sweep of evangelicalism are, to use Pelikan’s words, "less than a school." Parts of the evangelical theological tradition have struggled...
  • The Liberal Gene

    12/10/2015 8:49:14 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/10/15 | Dr. Brad Lyles
    Liberal friends are so infuriating, Logical discourse is almost entirely lost upon them: We can’t change their brains – we can’t change their minds I’m not making this up. Donald Trump’s Muslim Proposal inflamed so much passion among Liberals they unconsciously revealed themselves to be the wild-eyed, emotional, illogical sorts we always knew them to be. The hysteria was so widespread, however, it begged further investigation into the eons-old question: Where do Liberals come from? At last, we have an answer: The Liberal Gene. Admit it, Liberals infuriate Conservatives because Liberals think emotionally rather than logically. Consequently, when you point...
  • Common Sense - Thomas PAine

    10/10/2015 4:28:41 PM PDT · by 100American · 5 replies
    Common Sense is a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine in 1775–76 that inspired people in the Thirteen Colonies to declare and fight for independence from Great Britain in the summer of 1776. The pamphlet explained the advantages of and the need for immediate independence in clear, simple language. It was published anonymously on January 10, 1776, at the beginning of the American Revolution and became an immediate sensation. It was sold and distributed widely and read aloud at taverns and meeting places. Washington had it read to all his troops, which at the time had surrounded the British army in...
  • Political Correctness, Not Critical Thinking, is the Key to Our Demise

    10/06/2015 9:30:04 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 22 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/06/15 | Leigh Bravo
    We must get back to common sense, logic and critical thinking and it must begin at home and within our educational institutions We have all heard it before. Students at colleges and universities around the country are demanding that anyone who has a differing opinion than their own should be tarred, feathered, banned and removed from their sight. Student groups claim that inviting anyone with a differing opinion onto their campus threatens their very safety or well-being. Sound ridiculous? Leaders at these educational institutions are listening to these demands resulting in the creation of a generation that is single-minded, self-absorbed,...
  • The skewed logic of Planned Parenthood abortion supporters

    08/21/2015 10:02:24 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    saynsumthn.wordpress.com ^ | August 21, 2015 | saynsumthn
    Pro-lifers are expected to gather outside Planned Parenthood in 47 states to expose their barbaric baby parts harvesting operation this weekend and the abortion advocates are fuming. Desperate efforts are being levied to reel back losses abortion advocates sense in their blood thirst for child killing and none is so evident as what they are writing on the pro-life protest event page. One such person called the national Protest Planned Parenthood event, “the most absurd anti-woman thing I’ve seen.” Well, she certainly has a right to her opinion but outrage is a natural response to months of shocking video evidence...
  • The Math Question That Went Viral

    04/16/2015 9:29:47 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 136 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | April 14, 2015 | Terrence F. Ross
    One word problem from a Singaporean school exam briefly became the talk of the Internet last weekend....[Snip]... The puzzle went viral across the country, with people ranging from perplexed adults to eager teenagers grappling with the simple question: "So when is Cheryl's birthday?"
  • On the Horizon

    11/24/2014 8:25:44 AM PST · by rktman · 4 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 11/24/2014 | Charlie Daniels
    The recent sordid events in Ferguson, Missouri are troubling enough, but it could well be that they are merely a harbinger of much worse things to come. Ferguson, at least in my opinion, is a conundrum, a “damned if you do, damned if you don't” situation that has allowed outside forces to paint it into a corner of potential violence regardless of how the grand jury decision on the killing of Michael Brown turns out.
  • Twisted Logic from MSNBC's Hayes: Paying People Not to Work Encourages Them to 'Get Back to Work'

    01/07/2014 2:43:43 AM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 1/06/14 | Brad Wilmouth
    Friday's All In with Chris Hayes exhibited host Hayes's latest example of fuzzy logic as he argued that paying people unemployment benefits, rather than encouraging them to go longer without taking a new job, actually encourages them to "get back to work." After applying loaded words and phrases like "unconscionably" and "screwing over millions of people" to Republican opposition to unemployment benefit extension, the MSNBC host played a clip of Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul arguing that unemployment benefits encourage people to remain unemployed longer, and then responded: **SNIP** Now, the reason Congress has never failed to extend federal emergency...
  • Who Cares for the Fleas?

    10/25/2013 5:16:01 AM PDT · by kimtom · 24 replies
    http://www.apologeticspress.org ^ | 5/28/2012 | Dave Miller, Ph.D.
    The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the Humane Society, and other animal rights groups have devoted themselves for years to preventing cruelty to animals. Such groups now seek to convince the rest of the world that animals should be “celebrated” and treated like “family” (e.g., “About Us…,” 2011). Such humanistic, evolution-based thinking has resulted in the frequent arrest and prosecution of those who are deemed guilty of mistreating animals. For example, a woman in Missouri was “charged with six counts of felony animal abuse after authorities seized six dogs from a flea-infested property in Iron...
  • Debating Abortion 101: The Best Way to Expose Logical Fallacies

    07/17/2013 5:45:55 AM PDT · by don-o · 19 replies
    LifeNews ^ | July 17, 2013 | Josh Brahm
    In my last post I talked about something I’ve been noticing recently, that people, especially pro-life nerds like me, are tempted to talk about logical fallacies all the time in conversation. There are several dangers to this. I’ve argued already that the first danger is accusing somebody of a logical fallacy when they didn’t actually commit one. If you dedicate yourself to educating yourself on what the logical fallacies actually are before bringing them up, you will be a more effective debater. But there’s a good, better, best aspect to exposing logical fallacies while creating good dialogues with people. I...
  • Emotionalism – The Liberal Method of ‘Argument’

    01/24/2013 9:29:45 AM PST · by Alex Baker · 14 replies
    realitybatslast.com ^ | January 19, 2013 | Bryce Buchanan
    If you take an honest look at the world, though, what do you think are the chances that we can stop insane violent people from doing insane violent things? Can we “make sure this never happens again”? Not a chance. It is an absolute certainty that evil and violent people will do evil and violent things in the future. The real questions are, how can we best protect ourselves and how can we minimize the number of these people in society. As to the “saving the life of one child” argument, here are some facts to consider: According to the...
  • Emotionalism – The Liberal Method of ‘Argument’

    01/24/2013 9:29:40 AM PST · by Alex Baker · 3 replies
    realitybatslast.com ^ | January 19, 2013 | Bryce Buchanan
    If you take an honest look at the world, though, what do you think are the chances that we can stop insane violent people from doing insane violent things? Can we “make sure this never happens again”? Not a chance. It is an absolute certainty that evil and violent people will do evil and violent things in the future. The real questions are, how can we best protect ourselves and how can we minimize the number of these people in society. As to the “saving the life of one child” argument, here are some facts to consider: According to the...
  • A Review of Common Fallacies that Weaken Arguments

    01/02/2013 1:00:11 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | January 2, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It occurs that our capacity to converse and to set forth arguments for the truth are often hindered today on account of many factors. One of those factors is a paradoxical relationship between a kind of skepticism and and exaggerated insistence on absolute proof that results. The fact is, absolute certitude in our human condition is rare, and to insist on it is usually unreasonable. This of course does not mean that firm certitude cannot be had in many matters as well as lesser degrees that remain a firm confidence as to the facts in a matter.On Monday there was...
  • A Simple Logic Question That Most Harvard Students Get Wrong

    12/13/2012 7:28:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 82 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/12/2012 | Gus Lubin
    Havard students get near-perfect SAT scores. These are smart, smart kids. So they shouldn't have trouble with a simple logic question, right? Try the following puzzle: A bat and ball cost $1.10. The bat costs one dollar more than the ball. How much does the ball cost? Scroll down for the answer ...
  • The Principle of Contradiction: 8 things everyone should know

    10/05/2012 8:54:00 AM PDT · by concernedAmerican1 · 15 replies
    TFP Student Action ^ | 10-04-12 | TFP
    What is the principle of contradiction? In a nutshell, it’s this:  a thing cannot be and not be at the same time.  Saint Thomas Aquinas shows that not even God can deny the principle of contradiction, the absolute law of the order of being, because it is impossible for God to will the absolutely impossible (Summa Contra Gentiles, Book 1, chap. 84). Father Garrigou-Lagrange gives us eight principal reasons, based on Aristotle, for defending the necessity and real validity of the principle of contradiction. They are briefly: 1. To deny this necessity and this validity would be to deprive words of...
  • Thoughts From A Common Man

    09/03/2012 10:38:11 AM PDT · by DesertGOP · 1 replies
    09-03-12 | Rick J. Radecki
    No faith, no ideology, no religion, no political affiliation or Party is worth hanging onto or supporting if you won’t allow it to stand the scrutiny of logic, truth and reasoning—it IS as simple as that. If an individual is close-minded to even remotely considering opposing viewpoints or rebuttals to their faith or their politics, then you clearly understand the axiom, “Ignorance is bliss.” Because of so many sound reasons where the Party compliments—not contradicts—our Christian faith, this is exactly why my wife and I have chosen to be Republicans and not Democrats. Republican ideals stand the test of time,...