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Just because something IS, does that mean it OUGHT to be?

  Given the breathless rate of societal upheaval in America these past 2 years, the IS/OUGHT fallacy seems to be the modus operandi of the current ‘Culture Nazis’. 580 more words


Don't weaken the anchor ropes of your faith!

Do you ever play out an imaginary conversation between you and someone else?  It could be with a hypothetical person or maybe with someone you know whose likely responses you think you can predict as well. 604 more words


Truth, Logic, and the Trinity

In response to my post Is Logic Objective?, keithnoback commented:

Nice. As you imply, no theory is, in itself, true, though there are truths about the theory.

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Authoritative Authorities

In my previous post I mentioned that people will use science’s scheme of self-correction as a support of its authority, and that this is utterly confused. 1,119 more words


Related terms differ enormously

Do a few letters make a difference?

You betcha!  The other day I listened to a commentator point out the distinction between what is ‘ 203 more words


Trotting out the Credential

Sometimes when a person has no solid argument to back his viewpoint, he’ll invoke his status as member of a privileged elite.  Such credentials might be based on education or experience or one’s lofty position in an organization. 317 more words