No Nonsense

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
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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"No skeptic, to my knowledge, ever made a major scientific discovery or advanced the welfare of others."

-- Deepak Chopra (yes, he actually said that)

"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the most discoveries, is not "Eureka!" (I found it!) but That's funny..." -Isaac Asimov

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

My arguments are always valid

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by tom sarbeck Nov 6. 4 Replies

The heart of anti-atheist prejudice is distrust

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by tom sarbeck Oct 20. 2 Replies

Idiocracy Now

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joseph P Sep 2. 4 Replies

Talking Nonsense as US Politcs

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by tom sarbeck Aug 17. 6 Replies

A Quick Puzzle to Test Your Problem-Solving

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by tom sarbeck Jul 4. 6 Replies

Spot Graphics that Lie

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joseph P Jun 25. 49 Replies

Susceptibility to Bias

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 23. 1 Reply

Gish Gallop

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Loren Miller Jun 21. 7 Replies

Political discourse in US - fundamentally fallacious

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by tom sarbeck May 29. 14 Replies

Liberal Washing

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Gerald Payne May 19. 4 Replies

Information Technology amplifies irrational group behavior

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Mar 22. 10 Replies

Hell for christians? Hell for all?

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Mar 3. 58 Replies

Hunger influences decisions

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joseph P Feb 19. 2 Replies

Why Name Calling

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Oct 30, 2014. 0 Replies

Psychic Power-NOT

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Michael Penn Oct 14, 2014. 7 Replies

Fighting Against Abstinence Only Education.

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Joseph P Aug 6, 2014. 7 Replies

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 7, 2015 at 2:13pm
Comment by tom sarbeck on October 30, 2015 at 12:39pm

Shashwat (Is addressing you that way proper?), I have been a skeptic for seventy years and your title "Quest for skepticism" stirs a bit of interest. Please tell me/us a reason to read your latest blog.

Comment by Shashwat Singh Pokharel on October 30, 2015 at 11:31am

Quest for skepticism. My latest blog. do read :)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 9, 2015 at 4:15pm

Happy Fri, Bertold. The nonsense you cited reminded me of this point from Krugman.

Remember all the dire warnings about what would happen if China stopped buying our debt, or worse yet, started selling it? Remember how interest rates would soar and America would find itself in crisis?

Well, don’t tell anyone, but the much feared event has happened: China is no longer buying our debt, and is in fact selling tens of billions of dollars in U.S. debt every month as it tries to support its troubled currency. And what has happened is ...: nothing. It was always a false alarm.

Not just a false alarm,..., a fake alarm.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 9, 2015 at 8:50am

Happy Friday everyone.

Must be the season - the fruits and nuts are coming out again!

Michele Bachmann:Carolina Flooding Is God's Wrath For U.S. Israel Policy

Jim Bakker: My Black Underwear Signals God's Wrath On America

Last month, televangelist Jim Bakker predicted that September would see a financial meltdown, several natural disasters and some horrible event involving Pope Francis’ trip to America. He backed up his predictions by citing the work of Jonathan Cahn, who had brought his own September doomsday prophecy to Bakker’s program and others, including Glenn Beck’s and Pat Robertson’s.

During one of his September shows, Bakker pointed to another signal that something terrible would occur that month: God had told him to dress all in black, right down to his underwear.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 25, 2015 at 8:07am

Bertold, at this point I doubt that Boehner or any of the rest of the GOP are capable of being shamed into changing ANYTHING that they do.  Oh, the crocodile tears will flow, but that's been Tan-Man's modus operandi for longer than I care to think.  As for Frankie, sure, there are a lot of catholics who were excited to see Francis come to the US ... just like they were excited each time JPII came here.  The question is: how much did that excitement go to actually action on their part?  I'm willing to bet the answer is: "Not Much."

Like the man says, if nothing changes, nothing changes.  I'm an active member of the FFRF and its local chapter, the Northern Ohio Freethought Society because I Want To See Change ... because there are directions our country could go in without significant change that scare the freakin' whee out of me.

And I mean to at least attempt to DO something about that.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 25, 2015 at 7:51am

Lee Papa on the pontiff's peregrinations:

Pope Speaks, Boehner Weeps, Nothing Changes

Every conservative Catholic Republican listening to the Pope today reminds the Rude Pundit of Chris Christie proclaiming his love for the music of Bruce Springsteen. Yeah, you can rock out to the guitars and sax, but if you don't listen to the words, your love and your tears are worthless.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 16, 2015 at 12:01pm

Can we hope that Murdoch gets in no end of arguments with the editorial staff of NG?  Would be nice!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 16, 2015 at 11:56am

OMFG, this group may need to be re-named No Escape from Nonsense. Jerry Coyne has reported that James Murdoch's first deal as chief executive of Fox was to take over National Geographic magazine. Here's a preview of coming attractions:

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 30, 2015 at 9:02pm

Dan Piraro on psychics:

Psychic gazing into crystal ball, to her client: “I see a charlatan in your future. Wait--that's just my reflection.”One psychic to another, over mugs of coffee or tea: “I lost a fair amount of business when some of my best clients got together and successfully threw a surprise party for me.”


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