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Anti-pseudoscience, anti-woo, pro science, pro critical thinking, no conspiracy theories, no spin. Count the logical fallacies. No Nonsense!

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"Keep an open mind – but not so open that your brain falls out" -unknown

"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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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



The glory which is built upon a lie soon becomes a most unpleasant incumbrance. How easy it is to make people believe a lie, and how hard it is to undo that work again.
— Mark Twain

Discussion Forum

Watch Out for Tricky Charts

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 12. 2 Replies

Great Lesson on Identifying Fallacies

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 8. 2 Replies

Online Game Boosts Skepticism of Fake News

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jun 27. 1 Reply

Facebook uses fake news outlet as fact checker

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Michael Penn Mar 11. 4 Replies

Measles

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Feb 26. 41 Replies

When Lying Sounds Like a certain kind of Honesty

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Loren Miller Jan 6. 2 Replies

Oil Sector Magical Thinking and Three Year Deadline

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Dec 24, 2018. 2 Replies

Great Intro on avoiding mind control

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Dec 11, 2018. 3 Replies

Fear and Groupthink

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Dec 8, 2018. 1 Reply

Mind Control Speech Pathology

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 14, 2018. 3 Replies

Slightly Sort Of Self-Delusional Climate Science

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 5, 2018. 5 Replies

Hierarchy Erodes Truth

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Oct 1, 2018. 3 Replies

GOP Embraces Blatant Lies and Deranged Role Model

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 22, 2018. 5 Replies

Truth Decay - Dire Consequences

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Sep 20, 2018. 1 Reply

Changed by the Attention Economy

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 7, 2018. 15 Replies

Freedom within Atheist Nexus

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jan 9, 2018. 1 Reply

Failing to imagine systemic risks

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Jan 1, 2018. 1 Reply

Permanent Lie leads to collective psychosis

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by tom sarbeck Dec 23, 2017. 1 Reply

Firehose beats Fact-Check

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 26, 2017. 10 Replies

Unwitting Belief Change

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Nov 19, 2017. 2 Replies

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Comment by Grinning Cat on March 10, 2019 at 11:01pm

Also from the Friendly Atheist comments: (((Hornèd Pontilibratificus))) wrote about the challenges of keeping heating costs reasonable in high-ceilinged spaces:

There are some good techniques for combating this problem. You can use both traditional radiant heat and in-floor circulation heating, coupled with down-draft ceiling fans. All that really brings the heating costs down. ;-)

Comment by Patricia on March 10, 2019 at 10:57pm

That would be a good step.

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 10, 2019 at 10:54pm

Imagine if some of the buildings formerly used by right-wing, anti-gay churches became LGBTQ* community centers! And imagine if some of the former church buildings ended up hosting Sunday Assemblies or other inspiring, secular and humanistic, completely godless "unchurches"!

Comment by Patricia on March 10, 2019 at 10:45pm

Putting them to much better use, is a plus.

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 10, 2019 at 10:43pm

I just read about the large numbers of Canadian churches predicted to close, over at Friendly Atheist. Commenters there shared pictures of a spectacular conversion of a church building to a private house...

...and a pointer to the Church Brew Works restaurant and brewery in Pittsburgh, Pa., where the place of pride now offers a much more tangible benefit to people, in the form of brewing tanks:

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 10, 2019 at 10:11pm

There's so much horrible political and climate news, it's heartening to hear that so many Canadian churches are closing. On the other hand fake news is more than ready to take up the slack in nonsense.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 10, 2019 at 7:02pm

Churches are an anachronism.  We know that.  They are GETTING to know that.

Comment by Patricia on March 10, 2019 at 6:27pm

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/losing-churches-canada-1.5046812?cmp...

From sacred to secular: Canada set to lose 9,000 churches, warns national heritage group...…...

Comment by Michael Penn on February 28, 2019 at 2:54pm

If this was true we would be fighting that same old Korean war again. I heard there was no deal because Kim wanted a lot of money, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and to be a member of the Mickey Mouse Club. Trump just could not deliver.

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 28, 2019 at 12:33pm

Better no deal than a chance to spin devastating one-sided concessions into a "win".

 

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