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Class on "Logical Fallacies" (1 of 6)

Instructor: Bernie Dehler
Price: Free (HGP donations accepted)
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(People of all belief systems (theist, atheist, etc.) are encouraged to attend, with the overall tone of the class intended to be unbiased.  New people are especially welcome.  Attend one or many sessions.)

The Humanists of Greater Portland (HGP) meet at "The Friendly House."  This is a class that is open to the general public and follows the main HGP Sunday program.  The main program starts at 10 am, and this class starts afterwards, at 11:45 am, in the same room.  (No requirement to attend a previous session in this series of 6; join any that you are interested in.)

A part of critical thinking involves recognizing logical fallacies.  This course covers 24 of the most popular logical fallacies, four per session over six sessions.  The first 15 min. of each class will be an overview of four specific fallacies, followed by about 1 hour of group discussion.  Examples of how each fallacy might be used in religious debates (from both atheist and Christian perspectives) is also part of the presentation and discussion.

 

Why should I study this? How does it matter?

"It matters so that you can differentiate truth from falsity. If you can't differentiate what's true from what's false, then you won't be able to create external conditions in your life that will allow you to flourish.  It will also help you to identify what's in your own interest.  By doing so, you'll be able to live the Good life." ~Peter Boghossian, Portland State Philosopher Professor

 

Logical Fallacies, course schedule:

1. Date:  Sun. [masked]
Logical Fallacy Topics: Strawman, false cause, appeal to emotion, the fallacy fallacy

2. Date: Sun. [masked]
Logical Fallacy Topics: Slippery slope, ad hominem, tu quoque, personal incredulity

3. Date: Sun. [masked]
Logical Fallacy Topics: Special pleading, loaded question, burden of proof, ambiguity

4. Date: Sun. 2-3-13
Logical Fallacy Topics: The gambler’s fallacy, bandwagon, appeal to authority, composition/division

5. Date: Sun. [masked]
Logical Fallacy Topics: No true Scotsman, genetic, black-or-white, begging the question

6. Date: Sun. [masked]
Logical Fallacy Topics: Appeal to nature, anecdotal, the Texas sharpshooter, middle ground

 

Class Materials:

1. Free poster of logical fallacies, posted here:
http://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/poster

2. Three types of logical reasoning:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logical_reasoning

3. The importance of "the principle of charity" in debates:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Principle_of_charity

Classroom rules of conduct:

1.  Give everyone a chance to speak; don’t dominate the discussion.

2. Don’t be judgmental, but rather share your opinion.  For example, rather than saying “That is stupid” say “That doesn’t make sense to me because XYZ.”

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  • Steven B.

    I recommend this class to everyone. I am acquainted with logical fallacies before I got there but this is good practice, discussion, and even an opportunity to teach others about the different fallacies. Fun stuff.

    January 13, 2013

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    A former member

    Sorry, Steve had to work today. I'm so bummed we couldn't go!

    January 13, 2013

  • Bernie D.

    FYI, I added this text to the event:
    The importance of "the principle of charity" in debates:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Principle_of_charity

    1 · December 4, 2012

  • Bernie D.

    You're welcome, Veronica! Tell some friends; help spread the word. It could be a springboard to further discussion with friends of different religious views.

    1 · December 4, 2012

  • Veronica T.

    I am really looking forward to this, Bernie. Thank you very much. :)

    December 4, 2012

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