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The Fallacy Fallacy

The Big Idea for Sunday, February 23, 2014

We've all been in this frustrating situation: no matter how many hard facts we use to convince someone that we're correct, they still disagree.

Why? Because people differ in priorities and value judgments. What is important to me isn't necessarily important to you. As Alex Berezow argues in today's lesson, fundamental differences in beliefs and values will forever prevent humanity from coming to 100% agreement on anything.

Blaming our disagreements, particularly political ones, on logical fallcies does nothing other than delude us into thinking that our opponents are illogical and that we are intellectually superior. And since when has that attitude ever succeeded in convincing anybody?

 

Perspectives

  1. 1 Not Every Disagreement Is a Logical Fallacy
    Alex Berezow Experts' Corner
  2. 2 The Key to Rational Argument: Reframe It as a Partnership
    Julia Galef In Their Own Words
  3. 3 You Are Not So Smart and You Are in Very Good Company
    Daniel Honan Think Tank
  4. 4 Science or Spam?
    James Lawrence Powell
 

The Fallacy Fallacy

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