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Grooves

Change is rarely pleasant.

Don’t get me wrong, change isn’t always bad—the changing seasons, the newly-filled potholes, a fresh change of socks. In fact, we live in a society where bigger is better, tomorrow is full of gold and yesterday is old pat. 639 more words

Writing

The 77 Cent Wage Gap Fallacy

I almost posted about this last month when “Equal Pay Day” happened. Instead, I sat back on the lookout for a good explanation of why the “fact” that “women only make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes” is meaningless. 774 more words

Philosophy

Idiotic Cartoon of the Day

So, the idea here is because natural disasters cause pollution, we shouldn’t be concerned about man-made pollution. Cartoonist Rick McKee uses and abuses his skill and gleefully steps in a stinking pile of the black-or-white logical fallacy – that if our health is threatened by nature, it therefore cannot be threatened by anything else – including ourselves.  48 more words

Humor

Beware the slothful induction

If ever there was a logical fallacy which seemed to epitomize intellectual dishonesty, it is slothful induction.

Slothful induction, sometimes called “ignoring the evidence,” is the fallacy whereby an inductive argument is denied its proper conclusion, despite strong evidence for the inference.  367 more words

Editorial

No ad hominems you big dummy!

As elementary school students, we very likely, in a fit of playground rage, shouted a derogatory name at one of our classmates. Perhaps someone had just purposefully blasted our four-square ball to the other side of the street or maybe someone had just said that his dad was tougher than your dad.  925 more words

Editorial

A Trivializing Pursuit

Yesterday my Facebook news feed revealed a meme comparing Hillary Clinton to Adolph Hitler. (I will not dignify the meme by linking to it.) Suffice it to say that I told the poster what I thought. 572 more words

Language

Non Sequiturs and the Act of Invention

  Wikipedia: “Non sequitur (Latin for “it does not follow”), in formal logic, is an argument in which its conclusion does not follow from its premises.   499 more words

Invention