Whether it's false cause, circular reasoning, faulty analogies, etc., logic seems to elude all of us in our discussions. We can often recognize that an argument doesn't make sense, but often we aren't able to explain exactly why. We might have studied logic in high school or college, but the subject is difficult to grasp. Unfortunately, tricks of logic used by political radio and TV hosts have mastered and use to confuse people to create a large audience and convince them of their views. It seems critical that society needs to be able to identify flaws of logic much better than we do.
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"Logic is not opinion"! Perfect! Everyone assumes that their opinion is valid even without proof.
adagio4639 - EXACTLY what I was looking for in terms of references to examples.This is EXCELLENT! tried to find your book. Where ? Can (Did) you make a hub of this? A hub with multiple choice ques. to identify flaws in examples wld be STELLAR! :)
adagio, excellent information here. Thanks.
Thanks for all the nice responses. I just went to my Hub Central which I haven't visited in quite a while and it's loaded with chapters and more information that might be of interest. http://hubpages.com/my/hubs/stats
I agree Scott. Their idea seems to be to look for as many things to verify or validate their already held conviction, rather then look for the things that would falsify it. Unfortunately that won't make their belief true.
So TRUE, Scott. We're all guilty, I suppose, but just as we try to eat healthy and exercise, it's critical that we do the same "mentally heathy" logic exercise w/ the news we follow. It's a discipline of reasoning that can only make society better.
Chris, Excellent point. It seems to be at the core of logic, right? I heard what you're speaking of called "intellectural honesty".
Thanks, I've used this on one particular political issue on which I held strong beliefs for years. I finally admitted those weren't my thoughts, but someone else's. I am amazed at how I've changed my view on the topic since admitting that.
Your comment triggered the memory of Keat's "Ode to a Grecian Urn" in my mind
"'Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.'"
Hello Billie :-) "Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard" struck a chord. Having first read a moment now passed I thank you for the gift. We both & more may have such a companion as with the quote shared. Alas, I like Language Rocks. Thank y
Debra, namecalling is horrendous and a terrible discussion tactic. I couldn't agree with you more. That and insulting a person immediately closes down all conversation and any hope for mutual growth and learning. Thanks!
You've got that right, Austinstar! Funny story. 99% of my friends LOVED Lady Gaga's performance.I told my friend I might have to revisit my opinion and change my negative view.She said, "Oh, no, never give up your opinions"! (Not a good philosophy)