ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Convenient Logicalness Made to Measure

Updated on October 10, 2018
ValKaras profile image

Val is a life-long practically oriented student of effective emotional and attitudinal responses to the many challenges of life.

Flat Earth Was once a "Common Sense"
Flat Earth Was once a "Common Sense"

What Do We Call "Logic"?

Logic has been defined as a proper or reasonable way of thinking and understanding something. I see it as stemming from a default mental technology of processing factual reality that is specie-specific for us humans.

It is popularly referred to as a "common sense", which is based on agreements existing in our collective consciousness about the nature of reality perceived by our five senses, limited as they may be, and reliable as they my be.

The general sense of what is logical or real has been changing from one cultural epoch to another, each one with its claims generated by intellectual arrogance, which didn't allow new generations to come up with some more plausible and accurate answers.

So, there was a time when it was logical and "common sense" that our planet was flat, and red-headed women were witches, with a whole bouquet of other nonsensical illusions that paraded as logic. In fact, it was very much of something that I am calling "convenient logic" in this article.

Now, is it only a flaw of intellect that we would ascribe to past generations---who should be forgiven for not knowing any better? Not really. As a matter of fact, as we are about to see, it is still quite popular way of being "logical" these days as well, and the nature of our global coexistence is the testimony to it.

If Pieces Are Wrong, the Puzzle Makes No Sense even if Fitting Together
If Pieces Are Wrong, the Puzzle Makes No Sense even if Fitting Together

Convenient Logic - the very Fabric of Our Paradigm

In its extremes, reasoning may either make some sense or it is a nonsense; however, there is something in between, something that appears like perfectly logical organization of thought---except that it isn't that.

In a moment, when you see the examples of this "convenient" logic, you'll immediately understand what I am talking about. You may also recognize how much of it is being used in everyday life, in politics, religion, in media, and in some dogmatic insistence in science with their intellectual favoritisms---all of which composes the existent paradigm about what is real, moral, and worth believing.

Convenient logic is exactly that, convenient constructs of sequiturs and causalities which don't honor any objectivity in a matter.

Wisdom in the Bottle
Wisdom in the Bottle

Free of Worms

Perhaps it is most recognizable in humor which is actually an extreme use of the convenient logic, while it's twisted enough to be funny. So, let's see it in a little joke.

In order to demonstrate the harmful effect of alcohol on living organism, the AA lecturer picks a wiggling worm by tweezers and drops it into a transparent container filled with alcohol. The worm instantly stops wiggling---evidently dead.

Now the lecturer is asking the audience what was obvious in that experiment. Someone from the last row, with a bottle sticking from his coat pocket volunteers to comment: "What I...hick!.. just saw was...hick!...a proof that if you drink...hick! won't have any worms."

This little joke, silly as may be, clearly shows how we tend to arrange concepts into a "logic" that suits us best.

Elephant Is Known for His Memory  -  Are Voters?
Elephant Is Known for His Memory - Are Voters?

Some more "Worm-Free Alcoholics"

To get more examples of convenient logic, all we have to do is listen to the speeches of presidential candidates at the election time. Favoritism aside---doesn't each of them sound perfectly logical in their presentation of those burning issues faced by the nation, and reasons why the voters should elect him/her as a solution to those issues of political and economic significance?

And yet, we are bound to turn our blind eye and deaf ear to one of them in favor of our champ who is speaking the "only" logic worth our trust. Why is that? There is no way that a candidate would take a risk to come up with some crazy agenda, as he would drop out of the race instantly.

So, he "must" be making some sense, isn't that right? Both of them being logical--- and yet being in opposition. What's objective there? Nothing at all, and the result of election will be based on pure subjective favoritism heated up by media which will be using their own "logic", equally convenient to them, depending if they support left or right politics, or better yet---who is paying.

Indeed, those millions of voters will prove how popular convenient logic turns out to be.

So much Thinking  -  Was It Worth It?
So much Thinking - Was It Worth It?

Sounding Smart - Must Be Smart

Whether we are talking about a renowned thinker of a world class or an armchair philosopher, their delicacy seems to be asking those questions that cannot be answered. Sometimes they remind me of medical scientists who had to label their diagnoses and pharmaceuticals with those ridiculously long and tongue twisting names.

Who knows why. Perhaps to appear academically more dignified than an ordinary Joe to whom the word "brain" is good enough without a need to rename it into an "encephalon", or to rename the throat-ear-nose specialist into an "otorinolaringologist". How is that for fancy?

Likewise, philosophers will, possibly unknowingly, be using convenient logic to make themselves look "ultra-smart" since they are tackling such impossible questions. Their version of convenient logic has a lot to do with "mismatching concepts". Let me give you a few examples.

A Mismatch Possible in Imagination
A Mismatch Possible in Imagination

Enigma of the "Purpose of Life"

Here is a smart question, one of those puzzles tackled by philosophers through the ages: "What is the purpose of life?" How many of you are finding nothing wrong with this question? Well, don't count me in, because to me it's a typical mismatch of concepts.

Let me define it first. You see, I am perfectly capable of imagining a creature that's half man and half horse. While there is "man", and there is "horse", there is no "man-horse", just because my mind is capable of imagining one.

Likewise, our mind is capable of mismatching other concepts which together don't make any logical sense. Thus, while there is "purpose" and there is "life", there is no "purpose of life", just because my mind assumes that there "must" be a purpose for everything.

Where Is the End of It?
Where Is the End of It?

More Mismatching Concepts

Try another one where the mismatch is more obvious : "Where is the end of space?" Our linear minds can't conceptualize anything that doesn't have an end, except for abstract terms like numbers and time---but space is something that's obvious to us, and that's why this question sounds logical. But it's a mismatch of concepts again.

We fall into the same illogical trap as we think of "creation", because we can't fathom that something in existence didn't first have to be created---by somebody or something.

Just like we are having a hard time dividing the physical world between Newtonian and quantum realms and their respective different laws. Somewhat unable to say "what is real", we can't divide our concepts of a manifestation and a creation.

Namely, while something may be manifested into physical/tangible realm by collapsing energy waves into its particle form, it didn't have to be "created"---since it has always been in existence---just in the quantum field of infinite potentiality, in its latent state, if you will.

On the other hand, by a Newtonian logic, "things" are created from something and by somebody. Someone had to "create" a seed of an apple or an apple to give a seed---they argue.

So where does it bring us? Again into the maze of convenient logic and mismatching of concepts---you pick what sounds logical to your particular intellectual favoritism. Have yourself a god if you wish to fill into those Newtonian blanks of "something created by someone".

Or think of consciousness with its ever creative principle affecting the physical manifestations---and I don't mean "somebody"'s consciousness, but a constant in the universe in the company of other constants like time, space, speed, mass, and energy, ever present and ever committed in the creative scheme of the universe.

Choose for yourself. Convenient logicalness is up for grabs.

Could We All Try?
Could We All Try?

Some Day Some of Us

Are we capable of thinking logically other than using convenient logicalness? I am very much inclined to say no. For a simple reason that our very concepts are questionable, so it doesn't matter how we play with them. We don't know the nature of man, god, universe, matter, we are just pretending to know by creating concepts. Then some of us, or all of us agree upon it---and call it logical.

For starters, it would help us enormously if we could know what we don't know, but we don't know even that. Our intelligence is unfolding slowly (maybe too slowly) together with the evolution of consciousness. What is evolution of consciousness? It's our perfecting of the "receiver" so that we can tune into more and more of those "stations" available from the field of universal consciousness.

Just like some classic composers of music swore that they got complete compositions "from somewhere", not by adding note by note inspired by their talent---our consciousness evolution will mean more and more of that ability developed.

What we can do in this meantime is make our animalistic aspect of nature obsolete, so that real homo sapiens emerges "out of nowhere"---once liberated from the stranglehold of the beast called ego.

Let's try becoming who we really are by our genetic predisposition and then let's be really logical when our concepts transcend into a paradigm of axiomatic truisms where nothing can be altered to be "more true", more logical.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)