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the sunken fact

21 November 2009 4 comments

Of late, I have reacquired my interest in both symbolic logic and logical fallacies. While my skills in symbolic logic are, at (at best) passable, I’ve gotten to the point where I can spot fallacies at half a mile – and here’s the problem – in others’ arguments. I have noticed that I am not as good as I want to be in spotting them in my own. So, I have been evaluating them at length. In addition, as a sort of intellectual exercise, I pulled out the old Josh McDowell classic, “Evidence That Demands a Verdict.” Holy cow. Talk about grist for the mill.

So, a significant number of future entries will be devoted to exploring the fallacies and examples of each. Obviously, since I do have a particular background, I will likely draw upon it for material. What I’m looking for from you, Good Reader, is feedback and your opinion on the veracity of my examples. So, let’s get to it.

Well, look at the history. Jung was an editor for the Nazi papers during World War II. … Look at the experimentation the Nazis did with electric shock and drugging. Look at the drug methadone. That was originally called Adolophine. It was named after Adolf Hitler.

“Q&A: Tom Cruise”, Entertainment Weekly, 6/9/2005


  • DG Seaton said:

    Correlation is not causation.

  • Emily Overturf said:

    Though a couch has springs,
    and a trampoline has springs;
    only one is made for jumping.

  • Emily Overturf said:

    Thinking these exercises would be good study for the Clone in prep for college, I had her read this and give her take… her main response was “Whew Mom, don’t you have any NORMAL, BORING friends who don’t make you think?” I laughed and said, “No. Why?” She sighed and walked away.

  • dan (author) said:

    Deb wins with the recognition of “cum hoc ergo propter hoc” – but you did, however, forget “reductio ad Hitlerum.” 🙂