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10 commandments of logic for rational debate

The 10 Commandments of Logic

Here is a straight forward introduction to the 10 basic commandments of logic, and with logical fallacies explained: 1. Thou shalt not attack the person’s character, but the argument itself | “Ad hominem” Example:  Dave listens to Marilyn Manson, therefore his arguments against certain parts of religion are worthless. After all, would you trust someone …

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Critical Thinking – A Must

A timely reminder in these precarious times when deception, spin, fake news, even outright lies are prolific and commonplace, inspiring suspicion, doubt, even conspiratorial ideation in too many people. In order to stay sane and contribute towards constructive debate and change, critical thinking is as important as ever. “Critical thinking matters. Critical thinking – not …

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Moo or Oom, That’s the Question

“We see the world, not as it is, but as we are.” – Anon This maxim has inspired and been used by many, most notably by Anaïs Nin in Seduction of the Minotaur (1961). The quote has often been attributed to the Talmud, but this is a fallacy.

Fact Resistance

In an age of alternative news and facts, amidst confusion and polarisation, researchers from Stanford University present us with new discoveries revealing limitations to our capacity for sticking to reason. The vaunted human capacity for reason may have more to do with winning arguments than with thinking straight. “Why Facts Don’t Change Our Mind“ (New …

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One Quote Taking Another

As I was busy doing nothing this evening, trying to figure out what to busy myself with next, a quote from the satirical novel “The Illuminatus! Trilogy“ by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson, published in 1975, suddenly struck me: “Freedom defined is freedom denied.” This inspired another quote I read once, an old American …

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