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Rationally Speaking is a blog maintained by Prof. Massimo Pigliucci, a philosopher at the City University of New York. The blog reflects the Enlightenment figure Marquis de Condorcet's idea of what a public intellectual (yes, we know, that's such a bad word) ought to be: someone who devotes himself to "the tracking down of prejudices in the hiding places where priests, the schools, the government, and all long-established institutions had gathered and protected them." You're welcome. Please notice that the contents of this blog can be reprinted under the standard Creative Commons license.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Rationally Speaking cartoon: Evidence & Reason

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  1. Excellent cartoon this one, thanks for sharing!

  2. You know, I once upon a time had the thought that I could just come up with a taxonomy of arguments on my blog and then instead of engaging people in arguments I could just have a quick 10 second process where I go retrieve the link and post it and then move on to something else.

    1. Jacob,

      you mean something like this? https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/poster

    2. Yea, except I wanted it to be more specific since particular faulty arguments seem to pop up more than others and if they were given a more in-depth thought or response, I could legitimately say that I still gave each individual a complete effort while not being forever consumed by things that don't change. I doubt it would be anywhere close to a hundred themes or patterns of thought and I know that the added effort might be based off of some unrealistic idealism or virtue, but it wouldn't be a forever thing once the taxonomy was complete and it would keep me honest since I might actually be the one with the faulty logic. If you don't at least offer some engagement, how could you ever know if you were wrong about your argument or about their ability to change? Sure some people are just trolls who are full of crap, but not everybody in the entire world, right???


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