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"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 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.)

Comment by sk8eycat on June 18, 2015 at 5:59pm

The first two times I was given morphine, I was still a child/adolescent....and I still went to church.  The third time (1962) was another surgical prep, and my skin turned red as soon as the needle touched my arm.  The nurse yelled for Naloxone, STAT! 

Ever since then I have told every doctor I've been to never to give me morphine.  But the MedicAlert bracelet is a better deal....anyone can read it, whether I'm conscious or not.

When I had spinal surgery 6 years ago, they gave me Vicodin problems at alll.  It didn't even make me high.


Comment by Joseph P on June 18, 2015 at 5:04pm

There are plenty of opiates that are similar in origin but have a completely different formulation.  I know one person who gets sick as hell on either Oxycontin or Vicodin and is fine on the other.  I can't remember which one causes her to get sick, though.

Drugs are complicated enough that you shouldn't bar yourself from an entire class of drugs, because one of them causes some bad side effects, for you.  Just tell your doctor that you had bad side-effects with that particular one, and see if you can get a different one.  I think most painkillers are the same schedule, so it shouldn't be that big of a deal.

Besides, depending upon how bad the pain is, it could be worth dealing with the constipation and dry mouth.  Just drink a hell of a lot of water, eat a lot of fiber, and have some coffee, and you should be good.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 18, 2015 at 2:30pm

The couple of weeks the doctor had me on hydrocodone/APAP, which I think is the same as Vicodin, I had side effects of constipation and dry mouth, so it appears that my body doesn't like opiates.

Comment by Gerald Payne on June 18, 2015 at 2:00pm

Your atheism has no relation to any physical allergy sk8eycat. Atheism is a mental allergic reaction to theistic delusions, it shouldn't make you throw up but nausea could well be a human reaction to it.

Try and steer clear of snorting priests and coke-eyed altar boys.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 18, 2015 at 12:02pm

There was no such thing as Vicodin in 1949 or 1956.  The first time I was in the horsepistol after a crosswalk accident (I was 9 years old), and the drugs didn't bother me....or maybe the pain counteracted the allergy.  The 1956 shot was to prep me for surgery, and I was sick before they even got me into the OR.

I now wear a MedicAlert bracelet....

Comment by Joseph P on June 18, 2015 at 11:01am

I dunno; I've only ever been on Vicodin.  It's some damned good stuff.  One pill and I'm good on pain for at least 12 hours.  I've only had it on two occasions, though, and the longer of the two was for about a week.  The doctor gave me 30, and I think I only used about 9 or 10.


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