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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
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
A List of Fallacious Arguments

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Comment by Joan Denoo on June 25, 2015 at 4:06pm

Joseph P right on all counts. I did live through the age of the christian-dominated society, from government, to school boards, to education and on and on. 

I am a conspiracy theorist on this issue. Religion was and is a device to control people. Propaganda follows a plan that clearly demarks who is in and who is out. I was a young woman barely out of high school when this event took place. It shook me to the roots. Just look at he face of the woman behind Elizabeth Eckford, 15 years old, pursued by a mob at Little Rock Central High School on the first day of the school year, September 4, 1957.

or, even more heartbreaking: 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 25, 2015 at 3:45pm

Felaine, you make excellent points. When I think of how much TV air time was devoted to stains on a dress of the POTUS, I just feel deeply rooted rage. You are quite correct in your comments. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 25, 2015 at 3:41pm

Loren, it really is time for the USA population to grow up and learn how to choose their battles. There exist too many real life problems of hunger, poverty, disease, infections, homelessness, not enough jobs that pay living wages. 

Another pet peeve is the glamorization and objectifying of women and sex. Sure, sex is a part of life and a very good part. However, when it comes to government involvement, we don't have the need, time or resources to legislate morals. We can make laws against manipulation, exploitation of individuals or groups, and the usual laws for public safety. We need protection for children and spokesman in thir behalf. 

But to fool around with who kisses whom, or who has sex with whom, or in support of marriage vows 

Ah! marriage vows. I have no interest in marriage vows, however, I am profoundly interested in children who come from two people, married or not. The children need safety, security, and stability. How that is accomplished is up to the man and woman. If they fail to provide S3 then they should be held accountable. 

Comment by sk8eycat on June 25, 2015 at 3:22pm

For that matter, what were we doing while 20+ Arabs were here on student visas, learning to fly passenger jets?  We were getting nothing in the mainstream press and electronic media but sordid  details of the president's petty affairs.  As IF every other president since Washington was a Benedictine monk.....

Comment by Joseph P on June 25, 2015 at 3:02pm

Why are we not speaking of universal healthcare, or fair wages for honest work, or corrupt government and businesses?

Homosexuality is a mass distraction from what we should be discussing and debating!

Uhhh, Joan?  You lived through the rise of the religious right, far more so than I did.  Surely you recognize how they grasped religion as a method of effective political manipulation.

I'm not the sort of nut-job conspiracy-theorist who proposes that Christianity was created with the pure intention of controlling the masses, 1,900 years ago, but various political movements have recognized the power of religion to get the downtrodden to support their own subjugation.

At this point, the conservatives have jumped the track, and the lunatics are now running the asylum.  But there's still a core of assholes, hidden in the back, who are manipulating the message with the social conservatism and keeping the economics of the party as quiet as they can and covering it over with mindless sloganeering.

Where do you think the re-branding of billionaire war-profiteers as "the job creators" came from?  The rabid social conservatives sure didn't come up with that shit.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 25, 2015 at 3:00pm

I forgot to mention that government getting mixed up with sexual matters, and/or religion is a GREAT distraction to keep the yokels from paying attention to the fact that they are robbing us of our money and our constitutional rights.  Karl Rove may not have invented the technique, but he has used it more effectively than anyone else in modern politics.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 25, 2015 at 2:55pm

Some twits think "Ewww" when two straight Frenchmen kiss each other on their checks.  In other cultures, men greet each other with mouth-to-mouth kisses, and think nothing of it. 

Very much cultural indoctrination, with a pinch of buybull thrown in for flavor.

Do you ever see teenage girls holding hands or walking arm-in-arm anymore?  That used to be the most natural thing in the world, now everyone is afraid of touching anyone at all...even their own children or parents.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 25, 2015 at 2:28pm

Joan, I don't know how much straight porn you've ever watched.  I've watched my share of it, and there's one facet of it that is damned near constant: there may be woman-on-woman sex in straight porn, but (subject to evidence to the contrary) you will never ... EVER see man-on-man sex in straight porn.  The reason for this is simple: straight men, being the primary targets and consumers of straight porn, are turned on by Lesbian sex, but turned off and indeed threatened by gay sex.  Why threatened?  Because:

  1. Gay sex is an abomination, according to the bible
  2. Gay sex isn't "masculine."
  3. The "ICK" factor

That last is, I suspect, a product of the first two ("Two men kissing?!?  EEEWWWWW!").  I personally wonder how much of this is social indoctrination, based on biblical bullshit.  In any case, it's not something that I suffer from, nor should any well-adjusted male be troubled with.

Problem is that term: "well-adjusted."  As the Bard said, there's the rub.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 25, 2015 at 1:58pm

Why all this palaver over homosexuality? It is an attribute, like blue eyes or black hair. Is it the imagined process that bothers so many? Or the messy sweat and bodily fluids involved? So what! There exist sweat and bodily fluids with heterosexual methods. Is it that homosexuals waste sperm or eggs? So why is that a problem? There is a waste of resources using heterosexual means. Is it using sex for pleasure instead of procreation that upset so many? So? Are there so many Puritans in the population? Does the bible imperative matter so much to so many? Oh my goodness, do we believe we have to make our behaviors based on biblical definitions of moral behavior?

Why are we not speaking of universal healthcare, or fair wages for honest work, or corrupt government and businesses?

Homosexuality is a mass distraction from what we should be discussing and debating!. It is a way to polarize people and an easy subject for whipping up emotions? Politics seems to distract one from what matters in life. 

Comment by Joseph P on June 25, 2015 at 12:31pm

If anything, they tend to paint homosexuality with a very broad brush, Gerald.  He could be including all forms of perversion in with homosexuality, and he just wasn't explicit about it, because he presumed that everyone else understood him.

I don't know the Koranic references to homosexuality as well as the Biblical ones, of course, but there are probably a lot of similarities.  Going from Paul's writings, people become homosexuals because they've given in to their depravity, and homosexuality is just one of the expressions of it.

So, according to their holy book, Christians should believe that there's no such thing as a vanilla, gay guy, despite the fact that I know one.  Any gay guy should automatically be leather-clad for all of his sexual expression, probably with a ball-gag and whips, with at least one corpse on the premises for when any of the guys feels like indulging in his necrophilia, during the nightly orgy.

This could also be the "reasoning" behind the constant insanity we hear the fundies vomit up, bringing up pedophilia any time we're trying to have an adult conversation about gay rights.  Clearly pedophilia is a lesser form of depravity than homosexuality, since lots of people become pedophiles without also sinking as far as homosexuality.

It's completely fucked, but there's a sort of logic there, if your mind is warped enough to see it.


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