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"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence." -- Carl Sagan

"What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence." -- Christopher Hitchens

What is a logical fallacy? All arguments have the same basic structure: A therefore B. They begin with one or more premises (A), which is a fact or assumption upon which the argument is based. They then apply a logical principle (therefore) to arrive at a conclusion (B). An example of a logical principle is that of equivalence. For example, if you begin with the premises that A=B and B=C, you can apply the logical principle of equivalence to conclude that A=C. A logical fallacy is a false or incorrect logical principle. An argument that is based upon a logical fallacy is therefore not valid. It is important to note that if the logic of an argument is valid then the conclusion must also be valid, which means that if the premises are all true then the conclusion must also be true. Valid logic applied to one or more false premises, however, leads to an invalid argument. Also, if an argument is not valid the conclusion may, by chance, still be true. For a more thorough discussion of logical fallacies and how to structure a logical argument, see the New England Skeptical Society's article, How To Argue.

Top 20 Logical Fallacies (in alphabetical order) taken from -

The Skeptics' Guide To The Universe

The New England Skeptical Society The Skeptics' Guide To The Universe Science-Based Medicine
The James Randi Educational Foundation
Propaganda
snopes.com
Bad Science by Ben Goldacre
Simon Singh and his fight to mend British libel laws
Professor Richard Wiseman
PZ Myers' Pharyngula
Dr. Phil Plait and Bad Astronomy
Skeptic Blog
Michael Shermer's Baloney Detection Kit
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan
The Skeptics' Dictionary
List of cognitive biases
Don Watson - Weasel Words
QuackWatch
A List of Fallacious Arguments

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Political discourse in US - fundamentally fallacious

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Comment by James M. Martin on October 17, 2014 at 4:31pm

@Ruth Anthony-Gardner, what I can't understand is, how do Rand Paul and Paul Ryan, evangelical and Catholic, respectively, hold Ayn Rand in such high regard when both sects seek to end abortion on demand and establishment of a theocracy, two things Ayn Rand was adamant about. There are TV clips of her demanding women the right to abortion and calling governmental interference with that right an anti-freedom. and plenty of clips and interviews in print showing her to be a proud atheist. And why don't Dems running against them bring all that up. I can only groan and roll my eyes when the debates turn to religion. It has no place in our national discourse, or shouldn't. How it got there I don't know, either.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 17, 2014 at 2:16pm

Grinning Cat shared this with me.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 14, 2014 at 12:38pm

Excellent statement Ruth.

Comment by Michael Penn on October 14, 2014 at 10:47am

Good one, Ruth. Very true also.  LOl

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 14, 2014 at 10:36am
Comment by Michael Penn on August 18, 2014 at 10:33pm

If you can't set this up, browse You Tube to see how. You can watch almost anything free. It took me awhile to learn what I was doing with it. You will have to install various movie and TV repositories made by other people. You watch TV series and movies with no commercials. Everything ever aired is stored on a cloud somewhere. With this program you can stream it like you do with Netflix.

Comment by Michael Penn on August 18, 2014 at 10:11pm

Search Ubuntu and XBMC both on the XBMC site and at You Tube. This will tell you if it's compatible.

I'm on my laptop now as a major virus knocked out my desktop about 2 days ago. I'm working on it but the desktop shows a bad picture and it's hard to read the writing. Maybe it's even a video card? Not giving up yet, I've  called in the Russians to the rescue with Dr. Web Cureit. They always saved me in the past.

All is not lost anyway. I have XBMC on my laptop also.

Comment by Michael Penn on August 18, 2014 at 9:41pm

Patricia, I would look for XBMC on the Internet, read all up on it, and find a device that would stream it. You can use androids aps for this also, and learn more about XBMC and  how to install it on You Tube.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 18, 2014 at 4:31pm

ARGH@JEEZ****WHAT THE F^^K##LETMEOUTOFHERE!!!

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 18, 2014 at 4:01pm

Zach Weiner's "Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal" comic answers the question "How can you run a 'science channel' but have most of your shows be about ghosts and aliens and other nonsense?"

(click for the surprisingly rational answer in the full comic)

(h/t Friendly Atheist)

 

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