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Memories of the 28th Century

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  1. The Joy of False Premises

    by , 02-05-2019 at 05:30 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    A couple of days ago I was involved in an excellent example of the problem with false premises. If one selects the premises of an argument properly, then one can prove any argument using pseudo-logical methods. That is why using false premises is a logical fallacy.

    I was just trying to provide some interesting small talk and mentioned how I had again found a phishing site that was using one of my books as bait for people to leave their credit card information. I recounted informing ...
  2. Delusion in the White House

    by , 12-20-2018 at 08:11 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Maybe itís just the zeitgeist of this days, but I have noticed more and more people showing signs of delusional thinking. It isnít just a few people with schizophrenic symptoms, but even the present occupant of the Oval Office shows signs of delusional thinking. It might have been a mistake to mention schizophrenia, because not of the delusional people have that problem; although it is difficult to tell without careful observation and analysis. And while belief in conspiracy theories can indicate ...

    Updated 12-29-2018 at 10:54 AM by PeterL

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  3. Appeal to Authority

    by , 03-23-2017 at 06:25 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    This is another in my occasional series of logical fallacies. Appeal to Authority (Latin argumentum ad verecundiam) is quite popular, and some people think that it operates as a trump card. If old So-and-So says so, then it must be true. Well, that's not how one wins an argument; the one with the best facts and the logic wins. Even if your authority is a recognized authority on the subject at hand you have to present the data and the logical argument, but it is more common for people to cite an ...
  4. Imagination and Delusion

    by , 11-09-2016 at 07:51 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
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    Why do people believe irrational and delusion things?

    This is closely related to the difference between fiction and non-fiction, and I am completely comfortable discussing that. Fiction is that which we want to put forth as being other than an accurate description of the world. Fiction includes things that are completely made up, fantasy, dreams, etc. Fiction can also be a slightly altered version of what we see in the world that is altered for dramatic effect or some other ...

    Updated 11-09-2017 at 08:27 AM by PeterL

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  5. Which Beliefs?

    by , 03-06-2016 at 10:40 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    I just made the mistake of clicking on a suggested video on YouTube; it is about strange religions. Just before that I watched one about secret societies. These were very inspiring. Most of the secret societies arenít secret; although a few were interesting in times past, especially the Knights Templar.

    The Templars have certainly created a long lasting stir. They were controversial eight hundred years ago, and they still are, but they were dissolved, and in many cases killed. The ...

    Updated 03-06-2016 at 10:42 PM by PeterL

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