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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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The scientific world view is full of awe and wonder. Understanding how truly awesome the universe is – in its elegant complexity, its staggering beauty, and the many intricate systems of which it is comprised – gives a profound feeling of connectedness and sparks the imagination. And it has the advantage of being real. -Steven Novella

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Comment by Plinius on June 19, 2015 at 1:31am

Once again in the news here: the effect of medicines on women is not completely understood because medicines are almost always tested on male animals and male voluntary "guinea pigs". It is the laziness of the medicine developers: they don't want to reckon with our cycles and changing hormone levels. I have known this for at least 25 years, but every now and then it's a news item. In between nothing changes.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 18, 2015 at 8:11pm

"The foundation of irreligious criticism is: Man makes religion, religion does not make man. Religion is, indeed, the self-consciousness and self-esteem of man who has either not yet won through to himself, or has already lost himself again. But man is no abstract being squatting outside the world. Man is the world of man – state, society. This state and this society produce religion, which is an inverted consciousness of the world, because they are an inverted world. Religion is the general theory of this world, its encyclopaedic compendium, its logic in popular form, its spiritual point d’honneur, its enthusiasm, its moral sanction, its solemn complement, and its universal basis of consolation and justification. It is the fantastic realization of the human essence since the human essence has not acquired any true reality. The struggle against religion is, therefore, indirectly the struggle against that world whose spiritual aroma is religion.

Religious suffering is, at one and the same time, the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people."

Works of Karl Marx 1843

Comment by Joseph P on June 18, 2015 at 7:41pm

For what it's worth, morphine is far more effective than the modern opiates, too.  There are just other mild issues to take into account, with morphine.

Comment by Joseph P on June 18, 2015 at 7:38pm

Depends on the kind of pain.  Acetaminophen and aspirin work in completely different ways, dealing with the sources of the pain, so matching up the appropriate medication to the given cause can make a huge difference.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 18, 2015 at 7:37pm

Makes me wonder what company did the testing for Tylenol, and how they got it licensed by the FDA....who paid who off?

I was a "guinea pig" in a major national blood pressure study 20 years ago; they welcomed me with open arms because they really needed more women as subjects.  It was supposed to last for 5 years, but they stopped it after 3 because they were getting the same results from all over the country.  The older, less expensive drugs were more effective than the newer shit.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 18, 2015 at 7:11pm

Tell you what, sk8ey - Tylenol doesn't do a damned thing for me, either.  Good old aspirin does well for casual pain.  For something more serious, I'll go for ibuprofen or naproxen.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 18, 2015 at 6:57pm

Acetaminophen/Tylenol is useless in any form for women; it eases NO pain for us.  And it kills the liver. 

Comment by Joseph P on June 18, 2015 at 6:35pm

... and yeah, Sk8ey, taking one or two Vicodin won't make you high.  You have to take 8 or 10 of the things, I think ... which is a really freaking bad idea, since there's Acetaminophen in those things.  Acetaminophen is one of the easier painkillers to overdose on.

I vaguely remember having a slight relaxation effect to my entire body, when I took two of the things at once.  I can see how taking 4 or 5 times the recommended dosage would make you high.

Comment by Joseph P on June 18, 2015 at 6:23pm

Well, yeah, older medications that did the same things as modern ones kicked a hell of a lot harder than their modern counterparts, in general.

And no, Demerol is a widely-used name.  One of my friends was given Demerol in intravenous form, while she was in the hospital for ... gall bladder surgery, I think it was?  She puked her guts out almost immediately, because the nurses didn't administer the anti-nausea companion-drug quickly enough.

I think that's one of the reasons they don't prescribe it as much as oxycodone and hydrocodone, since so many people have bad nausea as a side-effect.  I thought perhaps it only came in liquid form, since that's the only form I've ever encountered it in, but I found bits of info about Demerol pills, when I was looking up information about it, just now.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 18, 2015 at 6:22pm

I had Demerol back in 1968 (appendectomy)...don't recall any problems with it.

(I've got so many surgical scars that I look like a patchwork quilt, and that's not counting my collection of cat scratches.)


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