Adorable Fallacies

It seems like somone was just telling me that I should brush up on my logical fallacies. Fortunately, programmer Ali Almossawi has produced An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments, a freely available guide to all those forms of shoddy thinking that bedevil us. From the introduction:This book is aimed at newcomers to the field of logical reasoning, particularly those who, to borrow a phrase from Pascal, are so made that they understand best through visuals. I have selected a small set of … [Read more...]

We, The Paranoid

Something to add to my endless reading list: Jesse Walker's United States of Paranoia. Here's a brief interview: like that he emphasizes that conspiracism has always been part of America's mainstream. It's clear that he's expanding on folks like Hofstaedter and Daniel Pipes, both of whom viewed conspiracy theories in a political framework. Walker seems to be taking a sociological approach, and that lets him ditch the left-right, … [Read more...]

Orson Scott Card Changes his Tune

Orson Scott Card, July 2008:How long before married people answer the dictators thus: Regardless of law, marriage has only one definition, and any government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy. I will act to destroy that government and bring it down, so it can be replaced with a government that will respect and support marriage, and help me raise my children in a society where they will expect to marry in their turn.Biological imperatives trump laws. American government cannot … [Read more...]

Claims from ‘Proof of Heaven’ Questioned

Last year Dr. Eben Alexander published a work called Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife. The title pretty much sums it up: Alexander claims that while he was in a medical coma combating a case of bacterial meningitis he experienced visions of the afterlife.The book sold 2 million copies, earned him a Newsweek cover story and an appearance on Oprah. Now some of the basic claims are being questioned.Luke Dittrich at Esquire Magazine has spoken to people like Dr. … [Read more...]

Fight Evil

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