Category Archives: Informal fallacies in reasoning

Down The Memory Hole

In putting my course together, I’ve arrived at the section devoted to non sequiturs and, in looking for examples of utterly, mind-meltingly idiotic statements, I remembered a statement by Barack Obama, in response to yet another atrocity carried out in … Continue reading

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Slothful Induction: an insight from Orwell

Continuing with the theme of Spain and Spanish history, this also appeared in the Financial Times recently: George Orwell, who fought in Catalonia on the Republican side during the Spanish civil war, well understood this. “All nationalists,” he observed, “have … Continue reading

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‘No true Scotsman …’ prize: No true Catalonian?

From a letter in the Financial Times, the details of which I forgot to record (will look them up soon): Spain will never be a true democracy unless it can free itself of its shackles from the past — demilitarise … Continue reading

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Fundamental Attribution Error: Yanis Varoufakis explains the context in which he acted to an accuser

Yes, I’m talking about Yanis again. Mentioning him in a post from a few days ago caused me to find a few Youtube clips of him speaking, one of which is his address to the Oxford Union on November 30, … Continue reading

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Slothful induction and islamic terrorism, part CXXVI

The lair behind what appears to be a fake ‘Anthony Weiner’ account puts it as bluntly as is possible:  Muslims could literally invade @CNN studios and behead a dozen people on live TV and we’d still be lectured about jumping … Continue reading

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The Trifecta

Tim Blair: And there’s your trifecta: mental illness, nothing to do with religion, lone wolf. Well played, sir.

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‘Special Pleading’ from the book industry: they just can’t help themselves

Three things you can count on – in Australia, at least: death, taxes, and authors and publishers whingeing about what ‘special snowflakes’ they are and how they deserve exemption from both market forces and taxation. In her magnum opus, Stebbing talks … Continue reading

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Islamic Terrorism and Slothful Induction, part CXII

From the Gatestone Institute: In 2006, Pope Benedict XVI said what no Pope had ever dared to say — that there is a link between violence and Islam. Ten years later, Pope Francis never calls those responsible for anti-Christian violence … Continue reading

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Russell’s Teapot: ‘Record of John’ event

This is the record of John, When the Jews sent priests and Levites From Jerusalem, from Jerusalem to ask him, ‘Who art thou?’ Or so the song went, as I remember it sung many years ago in my days as … Continue reading

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Real-Time Slothful Induction: EgyptAir MS804

Most likely explanation: an attack by islamic terrorists. Hypothesis that no mainstream news outlet will even mention, let alone discuss: an attack by islamic terrorists.  

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