August Monthly Meeting: "Reasonable Reasoning, Part 1", Mark Tiborsky

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The August monthly meeting of CFI NE Ohio will be Wednesday, the 14th, at 7 pm at the Garfield Heights Library, 5409 Turney Rd. The topic for discussion will be "Reasonable Reasoning: Logical Fallacies and Cognitive Biases, Part 1", led by VP of Programming Mark Tiborsky. Discourse today, perhaps due to the prevalence of social media and "instant news", seems to be riddled with an increasing amount of fallacious argumentation. Even secular humanists, freethinkers and skeptics - who for some time, have fancied themselves as purveyors of truth - are not immune to cogntive biases and the use of logical fallacies when arguing on the side of their convictions. ALL of us have fallen prey to these illogical means of thinking and arguing at one time or another...sometimes without even realizing it. In the general public sphere, the illogical argumentation ranges from the use of semi-truths (assertions that contain grains of truth, but with certain key details distorted of left out entirely), to "truthiness" (when perception and "feel" supersedes fact) to the use of downright falsehoods (which can be especially toxic).

For this discussion on Aug. 14, we'll be exploring some of the more common forms of fallacious argumentation, along with the biases that often precipitate their use. Mark will be providing background materials and recent/current examples to use as "jumping off" points for discussion.

As usual, light refreshments will be served, and all are invited to participate in the discussion. Hope to see you there!