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Hudson Valley Skeptics Message Board › Logical Fallacies and Cognitive Biases

Logical Fallacies and Cognitive Biases

Benjamin C.
user 126682812
Poughkeepsie, NY
Post #: 3
I feel that any good skeptic needs a strong understanding of both cognitive biases and logical fallacies. They help us separate good logic from bad and strong scientific evidence from weak evidence. They give us the tools to see through poor arguments made by others and by ourselves. Here are a couple links to refresh our skeptical minds on these important tools.
Dan L.
Group Organizer
Poughkeepsie, NY
Post #: 49
Thanks for sharing this, Ben. I remember seeing that logical fallacy website a while back, I should bookmark it this time. It does seem like the type of thing you want to have a wallet-sized card of to whip out when needed!
Arthur W.
Clinton Corners, NY
Post #: 21
Hi Ben, I scanned both of these websites shortly after the 19th and they bring up issue ranging through a couple of millennia. We should have a go at some of this, probably in front of a computer or two. For the moment, in grace, I plead to tack onto this "Discussion Format" replies to Carol, Paul and Shaun that don't fit in another format. Best Regards, Arthur
Arthur W.
Clinton Corners, NY
Post #: 22
Hello Carol and Paul, I'm glad you enjoyed the view and an interesting conversation. Our last conversation at Barnes & Noble led me to research Frick a few days later as well as now while I write. I enjoyed the wide ranging conversation that Benjamin and I had.

As we sat by the river, I was able to express to Benjamin how much I enjoyed our extended conversation after the Library GMO session where we ranged into discussions of geology and evolution. Eventually our conversation broached organic agriculture and population concerns. This was enhanced (from my mind) by a podcast I had recently heard of Paul Ehrlich discussing his concerns in a Denver speech. My memory was taxed on Logic and Rhetoric as I understood them and when pressed on the ability of organic agriculture. I had to start my defense with the absurd as week as the knowledge that I could not bring about the absurd. Stalin and others tried and Genghis came close. Benjamin's concern for feeding the hungry seemed to not include some eventual limit to the number of billions that could exist. We also discussed his Dr. Oz post a bit as well as Dr. Mercola (neither of which I was familiar with before Skeptic Meetups).

Best Regards, Arthur
Lisa B.
user 11168713
Fishkill, NY
Post #: 2
I was mentioning this yesterday, the "Why smart people believe stupid things" fallacy

I wrote this odd little piece about it for the Gotham Skeptic a few years back. The Gotham Skeptic was an effort from the NYC Skeptics, but it went belly up when we were having a hard time generating enough content (the contributor pool was small and often too busy to contribute much). But it was a fun blog group for awhile. The archives are still decently available. Most of my old articles are linked on my Linkdin

Here is the "Oz Fallacy" - not Dr. Oz, The Wizard of Oz

The book, which I recommend­

Here's an excerpt­

My article and the book are not the same thing, but they are related.

Please to enjoy!
Poughkeepsie, NY
Post #: 2
Interesting article Lisa, the possession of a degree imparts Power to the holder, it confers a title, it is the prize for winning a game. James P. Carse in Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life and Play as Possibility, writes about Power coming from titles. Power is the ability to control conversation. But then he contrasts Power with Strength. Strength is the ability to engage others in a conversation. I think this is a fascinating book that gives a different perspective on education and life.
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