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  • 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,...
  • Graphics: Liberal Logic 101

    07/09/2012 3:54:52 PM PDT · by opineapple · 20 replies
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  • Obama’s Economic Fallacy: The Not-To-Do List

    05/14/2012 8:37:06 PM PDT · by NaturalBornConservative · 1 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | May 14, 2012 | Larry Walker, Jr.
    Small Business Goals, Rewards and Incentives* By: Larry Walker, Jr. *“Contrariwise, if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic.” ~ Lewis Carroll *In his latest weekly address, Mr. Obama outlined a mirage of goals, rewards and incentives which he says Congress ‘must’ act upon immediately. But for the most part, what he proffered is just more of the same tried and failed policies, conjured from the same line of illogical reasoning we’ve heard, time and time again, over the last four years. Therefore, what Mr....
  • Craigslist: OWS answer these if you can, how bout you tea party?

    10/19/2011 9:46:22 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 24 replies
  • The Logic of the Left: Condemnation of Israel Leads to Justification of Terror

    08/25/2011 8:22:12 AM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 8/25/11 | Jonathan Tobin
    The point where we reach the limits of civil debate about policy is, like Justice Potter Stewart’s famous description of pornography, hard to define but you generally know it when you see it. That’s the only possible reaction to a blog post by Jerusalem Post columnist Larry Derfner who wrote on Sunday to say the actions of the terrorists who murdered eight Israelis near Eilat last week were justified. Yes, you read that right.
  • Eight Blunders of the World

    05/22/2011 12:39:39 PM PDT · by jongaltsr · 24 replies
    The Eight Blunders of the World · Pleasure without conscience · Wealth without work · Knowledge without character · Commerce without morality · Science without humanity · Worship without sacrifice · Politics without principle Rights without responsibilities.
  • The Logical Fallacy “Tribulations vs. Victory”

    04/13/2011 6:29:05 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 25 replies
    American Vision ^ | April 13, 2011 | Bojidar Marinov
    That is exactly what postmillennialism believes about the victory of the Gospel. History will see the progressive triumph of the Gospel not only over individuals, families and churches, but also over nations, cultures, and governments. Nation after nation will submit to Christ; they will change their customs, mores, and legal systems to reflect the Law of God. More and more the Gospel will change the hearts of men but also their institutions and their societies; more and more the Biblical worldview will become the operational worldview for the powers and authorities in the land. The church will experience its ups...
  • Editorial: GOP can't be serious

    04/10/2011 12:57:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | April 10, 2011 | The Editors
    Donald Trump. Really? The federal government is running out of money. The country's armed forces are involved in three wars. President Obama has kick-started his reelection campaign. And who is getting the most ink as a potential Republican presidential candidate? The Donald. Seriously? "I have never been so serious as I am now," says Trump, who was also a potential candidate in 2000, 2004, and 2008. What Trump is really serious about is his brand name. "I have great respect for Donald Trump, but that's the last thing the country needs is a showboat," said Glenn Beck in a recent...
  • Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court's Dumbest Decision

    01/22/2011 3:18:06 AM PST · by Scanian · 10 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 22, 2011 | Michael Filozof
    Imagine for a moment that you were ticketed for speeding by the state police. Suppose that you lied to the cop about why you were driving so fast. Then imagine that a group of special-interest lawyers contacted you and told you they wanted to appeal your ticket to the Supreme Court, and they gave you a legal pseudonym to hide your identity. Now imagine that the Court ruled that the ancient Romans had no speed limit on the Appian Way, that the Germans have no speed limits on the autobahn, and that speed limits are a violation of the Constitution...
  • Faith and the Mind...and Soul!

    12/26/2010 5:51:21 PM PST · by jdlevy95 · 1 replies · 2+ views
    chabad.org ^ | 12/26/2010 | Rabbi Manis Friedman
    Even the honest atheist will agree that a first cause, an original being, must have preceded the universe. This original cause or source is what so humbled Einstein, although he incorrectly described it as a religious experience. The questions of faith begin with how we understand this First Cause, its nature, and its relationship to us and to the universe.
  • Libs Falling Over Selves to Highlight Palinisms, Still Can’t Speak Austrian

    11/24/2010 1:25:29 PM PST · by Bodhi1 · 21 replies
    All American Blogger ^ | 11-24-10 | Duane Lester
    The main tactic used by the left against the right is to characterize any candidate, no matter how educated or intelligent, as a boob.They have made an industry out of George Bush's speaking errors. And now, they are throttling up the campaign against Gov. Sarah Palin.The most recent is when she accidentally said, "North Korea" when she meant "South Korea."This is from ThinkProgress: Palin misspoke, but this was hardly the first time. While malapropisms can and should be forgiven for frequent public speakers, it’s worth remembering what happened the last time America elected a candidate known for gaffes. Oliver Willis...
  • Obama Was A D Student at Columbia, Failed Economics

    10/14/2010 6:16:04 AM PDT · by Bodhi1 · 38 replies · 1+ views
    All American Blogger ^ | 10/14/10 | Duane Lester
    It's possible that while President Barack Obama was a student at Columbia, he wasn't the library monk he claimed to be and was actually still hanging out with the "Marxist professors and structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets.”Which would explain the D average in his classes and the F in Economics.Do I have any evidence Obama received these marks at Columbia?Well, do you have any proof he didn't?That's the logic Obama hatchet man David Axelrod used on "Face the Nation" this weekend. "This part about foreign money, that appears to be peanuts," said CBS chief Washington correspondent Bob Schieffer. "Mr....
  • Worldviews Explained

    09/02/2010 2:55:02 PM PDT · by SeanG200 · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Religio-Political Talk ^ | 9-2-2010 | Papa Giorgio
    “Ours is an age of religious cacophony, as was the Roman Empire of Christ’s time. From agnosticism to Hegelianism, from devil-worship to scientific rationalism, from theosophical cults to philosophies of process: virtually any worldview conceivable is offered to modern man in the pluralistic marketplace of ideas. Our age is indeed in ideological and societal agony, grasping at anything and everything that can conceivably offer the ecstasy of a cosmic relationship or of a comprehensive Weltanschauung [worldview].”[1] Read more: http://religiopoliticaltalk.com/2010/09/worldview-defined-and-explained/
  • Steve Wynn nails Washington with extreme common sense

    06/21/2010 7:41:51 AM PDT · by Former MSM Viewer · 7 replies
    cnbc ^ | 6-1-10 | cnbc
    Video of Steve Wynn nailing Washington... "It's got to stop. It's got to stop"
  • Peer Review and Proof

    04/08/2010 8:35:06 AM PDT · by mattstat · 18 replies · 333+ views
    Our friend Steve McIntyre hears this fallacy a lot. McIntyre has published on his blog many true statements about the climate that are disliked or are unwanted by mainstream climate scientists. Instead of trying to answer, or to refute, McIntyre’s results, these global warming advocates dismiss them because they have not been peer reviewed and published. Unfortunately, this fallacy—as shockingly obvious as it is—is usually accepted as proof of refutation. That is, it is thought that a refutation has been demonstrated merely because a credentialed scientist cast an aspersion. Journalists—God love ‘em—are particularly eager to swallow this faulty line of...
  • Why not force us to buy LIFE INSURANCE?

    04/03/2010 1:38:25 PM PDT · by sodpoodle · 34 replies · 577+ views
    another think coming | April 3, 2010 | self
    So I'm thinking the Federal Government could force us to buy $100,000 of whole life insurance in our early working years with part of the social security *donation* and name the US Government as beneficiary. That way, when we die (not if) the $100K goes back into the SS & Medicare funds. Actually - it's a better idea than what we have now!!!!
  • Reality is Unfair! Womens Health Costs--em Talking Points

    03/01/2010 3:41:07 PM PST · by foutsc · 4 replies · 253+ views
    Western Hero ^ | 1 March 2010 | silverfiddle
    There is outrage, Outrage!, that health insurance costs more for a young woman than a young man.Gender-rating — or what some term as flat-out sexual discrimination — is linked to the simple fact that women, particularly those under age 50 or so, go to the doctor more often than men. (Denver Post) Insurance is more for women because they go to the doctor more often, and it costs more to provide them health services.  Insurance companies are in business to make money, and their profit margin is much smaller, say, than the "medical marijuana" dispensaries going up all over the...
  • The Logical Fallacies of Anthropogenic Global Warming

    02/24/2010 8:57:50 PM PST · by aaronopine · 6 replies · 410+ views
    Aaron Opine Blog ^ | 2/24/10 | Aaron Opine
    Climate-Gate has certainly dealt a tremendous blow to the validity of the Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) theory, but some die-hard ignoramuses continue to assert it is true. Aside from outright reductio ad absurdum, AGW enthusiasts also frequently justify their belief using logical fallacies. I will cover a few of the more common logical fallacies (note that these are commonly used to defend many other ill-contrived ideas):
  • Don Rumsfeld and Keynes on Probability

    02/16/2010 6:13:41 AM PST · by mattstat · 5 replies · 519+ views
    In 2003, ex-sailor and then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, said the following: As we know, there are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say, we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don’t know we don’t know. Many in the mainstream press chuckled warmly upon hearing this. “What a typical, right-wing dolt!” they thought to themselves. Some said so out loud. For a brief while, it was enough to induce a laugh among our betters...
  • Obamacare, Obamanomics and Inverse Logic

    10/13/2009 9:56:34 PM PDT · by NaturalBornConservative · 4 replies · 364+ views
    Natural Born Conservative Blog ^ | 10/14/2009 | Larry Walker Jr
    "If an object is a polygon then it is a triangle (false)."You can’t solve a problem until it has been defined. The Federal government, once again, has failed to define the problem. Being led by the novice, Nobel Prize Winning, Barack Obama, the Congress has become another hostage on the road to Socialism. What is the real problem?The ProblemFirstly, per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, since the start of the recession in December 2007, the number of unemployed persons has increased by 7.6 million to 15.1 million, and the unemployment rate has doubled to 9.8 percent (1). Secondly, per my...
  • Wolves Beat Dogs on Logic Test

    09/03/2009 12:49:51 PM PDT · by decimon · 45 replies · 1,226+ views
    Live Science ^ | Sep 3, 2009 | Clara Moskowitz
    Wolves do better on some tests of logic than dogs, a new study found, revealing differences between the animals that scientists suspect result from dogs' domestication. In experiments, dogs followed human cues to perform certain tasks despite evidence they could see suggesting a different strategy would be smarter, while wolves made the more logical choice based on their observations. In fact, dogs' responses were similar to human infants, who also prioritize following the example of adult humans.
  • Liberals tell us to "Shut up." **VIDEO**

    07/12/2009 5:07:18 PM PDT · by thedmasterr · 10 replies · 582+ views
    My Uncommon Sense ^ | Sunday July 12, 2009 | Derek Foley
    My Uncommon Sense * About My Uncommon Sense * Contact Home Liberal talking point- Shut up Features / Politics / Uncategorized / Video Tags: Common Sense, Ethics, Politics July 12, 2009 0 Since the beginning of my now not-so-new political obsession, liberals have consistently failed to prove themselves to be informed, logical, or anything you’d expect from someone with strong political views. The logic is filled with fallacies, the information used is either false or used improperly, and they rarely take the time to work through your arguments. When a liberal does end up listening and thinking analytically about the...
  • Confessions of a Computer Hater

    06/16/2009 1:52:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 48 replies · 914+ views
    Inside Catholic ^ | June 16, 2009 | Peter Kreeft
      Make no mistake: I do not merely hate computers. I loathe, fear, despise, curse, and have constant torture and dismemberment fantasies about them. I know there are others out there like me, an entire unorganized underground. I've talked to some of them, in conspiratorial whispers. We are not cyberterrorists -- viruses hurt us more than anyone else. But we need a support network. We need a manifesto.   This isn't it.   The university that employs me gave every one of its nearly 1,000 professors a free computer. Having had no luck with IBM PCs in the past, I...
  • Darwin--Unwittingly a "Creationist"

    04/19/2009 8:00:09 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 25 replies · 726+ views
    Answers Magazine ^ | Jason Lisle, Ph.D.
    Evolutionists often attempt to use observational science—arguments from biology, paleontology, geology, or even astronomy—to support their belief. But the really interesting thing is that they base all their arguments on principles that ultimately come from biblical creation! As strange as it may sound, evolutionists must unwittingly assume that creation is true in order to argue against it. That means that Darwin was (in a sense) a “creationist.” All evolutionists must borrow the principles of biblical creation in order to do science (even though they would deny this). Here is why...
  • Deconstructing the Liberal Argument/"Logic"

    01/30/2009 3:01:41 PM PST · by Notoriously Conservative · 7 replies · 365+ views
    NotoriouslyConservative.com ^ | 01 30 09 | Notoriously Conservative
    I wanted to address liberal arguments; I will address, specifically, two types of liberal arguments; namely moral relativity and passive tyranny. When liberals feel the need to argue with a conservative view point (and they often do), one common argument is that conservatives shouldn’t push their views onto others, because it infringes on their right to believe the way they believe. They argue this because their view of morality is relative, that is, morals depend on who you are talking to, and in what circumstance. The problem with this argument is, if you don’t believe in this relativistic view of...
  • Burt Prelutsky: The Death of Logic

    11/28/2008 9:23:38 AM PST · by EveningStar · 8 replies · 729+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | November 28, 2008 | Burt Prelutsky
    The problem with being a logical human being is that every day, sometimes every hour, you get blind-sided like a quarterback cursed with an underachieving offensive line. It’s bad enough when a movie or a mystery novel scores a big fat zero on the logic meter, but when it happens in real life, if you’re anything like me, you find yourself wondering if you have somehow followed Alice down the rabbit hole.
  • Schumer’s Fairness Doctrine fatuity

    11/11/2008 5:39:46 PM PST · by clyde_m · 5 replies · 210+ views
    My Aisling Blog ^ | November 11, 2008 | My Aisling
    A Ph.D. Statistician rips apart Chucky Shumer's statement on the logic for the Fairness Doctrine. Love to see Chucky die by his own words.
  • Bingo! Another Fallacy: Students Make Game Of Mapping Candidates' Errors In Logic

    10/16/2008 8:07:15 AM PDT · by steve-b · 34 replies · 1,761+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 10/16/08 | Stephen Kiehl
    Less than five minutes into last night's presidential debate, John McCain started talking about a man he called "Joe the Plumber," who didn't think he would benefit from Barack Obama's tax plan. And Kevin Heron, a senior at McDaniel College, began scrawling on his bingo card. He was among 50 students playing "Debate Fallacy Bingo" - a game devised by McDaniel professors to show how the candidates' arguments often fail basic tests of logic. Each student had a bingo card, and each box contained a type of logical fallacy. Heron wrote "Joe the Plumber" in the box marked, "Appeal to...
  • The Near Death of Logic, the Clear Dearth of Integrity

    03/27/2008 7:12:51 AM PDT · by Yomin Postelnik · 2 replies · 349+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/27/08 | Yomin Postelnik
    One of society’s largest problems is that decisions on all matters, be it education, health, national security or any other issue, are no longer rooted in pure logic with a regard for what’s best for society. No longer do we analyze what’s best overall and then seek to implement sound solutions. Indeed, people who try to are often derided for doing so. To be sure, those on the wrong side of any issue often quote facts to support their agendas, but only those facts that suit its side. Contrary to what they may claim, such practice is not logic; it’s...
  • Challenge the Darwinists to drop "design" word in biology!

    06/23/2007 11:45:35 PM PDT · by MatthewTan · 63 replies · 1,110+ views
    June 24, 2007 | Matthew Tan
    Pick up any biology textbooks, books, articles. And you will see the pervasive use of the word "design" - biological designs in cells, tissues, structures, bio-systems, organisms, etc. So, Darwin theorized that this design is due to blind natural forces. The alternative theory of course must be that this design is not due to blind natural forces, but is real design, i.e. intelligence-caused design. (I) Darwinist Theory: Design is due to blind natural forces (II) ID Theory: Design is intelligence-caused design Is Darwinist theory falsifiable? If Darwinist theory is falsified, then of course ID theory is affirmed. Similarly, if ID...
  • SAVAGE NATION LIVE!! Monday, May 07, 2007

    05/07/2007 2:35:58 PM PDT · by Tarkus2040 · 319 replies · 2,592+ views
  • Liberal emotion vs. Conservative logic

    02/16/2007 3:33:48 AM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 24 replies · 1,064+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 16 February 2007 | John Hawkins
    It takes a lot more integrity, character, and courage to be a conservative than it does to be a liberal. That's because at its most basic level, liberalism is nothing more than childlike emotionalism applied to adult issues. Going to war is mean, so we shouldn't do it. That person is poor and it would be nice to give him money, so the government should do it. Somebody wants to have an abortion, have a gay marriage, or wants to come into the U.S. illegally and it would be mean to say, "no," so we should let them. I am...
  • Questions For Atheists...& Non-Atheists II

    11/28/2006 9:09:43 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 14 replies · 756+ views
    11/28/06 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    This thread is a continuation of the first thread "Questions For Atheists & Non-Atheists" Some points were brought up that I wish to address here. I look forward to the responses. Taken from one of my dictionaries in my personal library: "Occam's Razor. A principle devised by the English philospher William of Occam, which states that entities must not be multiplied beyond what is necessary. In a scientific context, Occam's Razor is the choice of the simplest theory from among the theories which fit what we know. In logic, Occam's Razor is the statement of an argument in its essential...
  • The Lost Art of Logic

    10/13/2006 11:10:58 AM PDT · by libertarianPA · 53 replies · 869+ views
    Amarxica ^ | 10/13/06 | John Reit
    I recently took a personality test at my company called Meyers-Briggs. It’s been around since the 1940s, and is used to determine what kind of person the subject is. Apparently, I’m an INTP. I won’t go into the details of what that means, but one big thing it says is that I’m logical; I determine what I think will work in the future based on what’s worked before. Again, this is a personality thing and everyone is different. But honestly, I cannot fathom why so many are so adverse to logic... especially with the issues we face today.
  • Opinion - Asymmetry and other fables

    08/18/2006 12:18:39 PM PDT · by Paul Ross · 10 replies · 823+ views
    Jane's Defense Weekly ^ | August 18, 2006 | Helmoed-Roemer Heitman
    Today we are fascinated with asymmetric warfare, net-centric warfare and precision warfare and we are convinced that heavy forces and the tank (yet again) are passe. Asymmetry works both ways. There is nothing quite as asymmetric as a tank driving over an infantryman.
  • This Is Your Brain On Politics - Amygdalas, prefrontal cortices, and why voting is irrational

    08/04/2006 11:51:44 AM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 600+ views
    Reason ^ | August 4, 2006 | Ronald Bailey
    Brain scans can identify who is more "rational" and who is more "emotional," says a new study in the current issue of the journal Science. Researchers at University College London put subjects into a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanner and watched their brain activity as they sorted through some artfully structured choices. The researchers posed classic Tversky/Kahneman choices framed as gain and loss scenarios. In this case, the subjects were initially told that they would receive £50, but then were told that they had to choose between a "sure" option and "gamble" option. In so-called Gain frame, the...
  • Belief in intelligent design is pure logic

    01/30/2006 10:37:25 AM PST · by Michael_Michaelangelo · 352 replies · 3,179+ views
    BuffaloNews.Com ^ | 1/26/06 | DAN MATTIMORE
    The debate concerning intelligent design and evolution has revealed some confusion about the concept of religious faith. What constitutes religious faith? Traditionally, religious faith refers to a belief in a particular revelation, a specially delivered message, something we couldn't figure out by reason alone. Thus, the Jewish people have faith in the revelation they believe was given to Abraham and is contained principally in the Torah. Muslims believe in the message given to Muhammad by the angel Gabriel and recorded in the Quran. Buddhists believe in the revelation that came to Siddhartha Gautama and will lead them along the eightfold...
  • Which logical fallacy is this argument?

    10/15/2005 5:56:12 PM PDT · by Blogger · 15 replies · 398+ views
    October 15, 2005 | Blogger
    Trying to figure out what the name of the fallacy is with this argument: 1) God is love 2) God has declared only one way for salvation 3) Most of the world does not know about that way of salvation 3) Therefore, either a) God isn't love or b)There is more than one way to salvation
  • The Incomplete Gödel

    09/19/2005 1:51:42 AM PDT · by snarks_when_bored · 64 replies · 1,575+ views
    American Scientist Online ^ | September-October, 2005, issue | Gregory H. Moore
    The Incomplete Gödel Gregory H. Moore Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel. Rebecca Goldstein. 296 pp. W. W. Norton, 2005. $22.95.A World Without Time: The Forgotten Legacy of Gödel and Einstein. Palle Yourgrau. x + 210 pp. Basic Books, 2005. $24.Such eminent 20th-century physicists as Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg are well known to almost all scientists, whether or not they happen to be physicists. Yet most scientists are unfamiliar with eminent mathematicians from the same period, such as David Hilbert (Germany) and Oswald Veblen (United States). A rare exception is John von Neumann (Hungary...
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    08/14/2005 4:20:41 PM PDT · by beavus · 21 replies · 282+ views
    LTI Blog ^ | 8/8/2005 | Unknown poster
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