Christopher Brown

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  • 8 Months Ago

    Comment to Topic Posted by Christopher Brown › Critical Thinking To Go: Dodging The Pepperoni Pizza Fallacy
  •   Reality and logic do not come made-to-order with extra cheese, so you don't get a discount on them with a coupon. To make a good case, then, we must follow the rules of valid and sound reasoning.

      Anyone who wishes to see the debate mentioned above can view it at: http://ophirgold.blogspot.com. Just look for the article with the silly title, "The Taxonomic Failure of Evolutionary Theory," and read the "comments." See if you can spot the pepperoni pizza fallacy there.
  • 8 Months Ago

    Comment to Topic Posted by Christopher Brown › Critical Thinking To Go: Dodging The Pepperoni Pizza Fallacy
  •   This means that Darwinism, neo-Darwinism and "Punctuationism," like all other ideas, have logical consequences (implications) that affect every area of human thought and life. This is why you can find evolutionary ideas discussed in psychology textbooks, history books, and even pop magazines.

      In any case, evading or ignoring certain aspects of an idea's logical consequences to gain the upper hand in a debate -- or else to keep one's ship from sinking altogether -- now has a name. Armed with this knowlegde, you can clearly and distinctly show others when the need arises, that life tranpires only as a set of integrated circumstances, and that ideas have logical effects not properly limited to any one academic field.
  • 8 Months Ago

    Comment to Topic Posted by Christopher Brown › Critical Thinking To Go: Dodging The Pepperoni Pizza Fallacy
  •   By way of illustration, I recently engaged a lively proponent of Mr. Darwin's views. In the course of our discussion, he suggested that evolutionary notions merely comprised "biological theories," and that I had mistakenly inquired about the ethics of it all. Here, the pepperoni began to fly.

      He didn't seem to realize (as Mr. Darwin clearly did) that theories we might properly call "biological," (or scientific) can -- and often do -- have obvious ethical implications. Ideas have logical effects not restricted to one academic field. You cannot win a debate by simply put an arbitrary fence around an idea and yelling at its entailed offspring "Now stay!" Like illegal aliens -- they tend to jump the borders when you aren't looking.
  • 8 Months Ago

    Comment to Topic Posted by Christopher Brown › Critical Thinking To Go: Dodging The Pepperoni Pizza Fallacy
  •   Now this fallacy -- the error of confusing real life with its written counterpart, does not show up in informal logic texts. But it should, since it clearly misleads many these days.

      So, what to call it? I at first tried the "fallacy of compartmentalized reality." I can hear the students now, "WhatEVER." Then I mused, "fallacy of reflective segmenting." huh? Finally, I landed on the more user-friendly label, the "Pepperoni Pizza" fallacy. Surely students could grab and digest this supreme combination of words (or was that "combination supreme"?).
  • 8 Months Ago

    Comment to Topic Posted by Christopher Brown › Critical Thinking To Go: Dodging The Pepperoni Pizza Fallacy
  •   Just as with the runningback who grasps a fumbled football in the midst of many linesmen, life happens to us "all at once." Only after taking in an historically important event, and reflecting on it a bit, can we slice it up to study some of parts or aspects in isolation from the others -- as pundits might do, say, in an economics textbook. This, of course, makes students especially prone to confuse the way things happen on paper with how they occur on a battlefield, or in the midst of a revolution.
  • 8 Months Ago

    Comment to Topic Posted by Christopher Brown › They Should Have Seen It Coming
  •   Either way then, assumptions necessary to the trade of star-traffickers show themselves bogus. The whole thing turns out a useless mirage. Astral determinism thus represents a phoney idea, and we can show this with a little logical rigor.

      Finally then, we wish to add logical insult to mystical injury by noting that our refutation of astral determinism posits a fairly clear and obvious problem for their trade. And like the bug who never quite manages to avoid the fast-approaching windshield -- they should have seen it coming.
  • 8 Months Ago

    Comment to Topic Posted by Christopher Brown › They Should Have Seen It Coming
  •   So they assume astral determinism when predicting, and then assume its opposite when advising. One simply cannot have it both ways. The only way to resolve this contradiction derives from saying that the heavenlies determine SOME things, but not others. This avoids contradictory impulses, however, at the cost of engaging a purely arbitrary (pick and choose whichever you like) approach to what stars do and do not determine about your life. And yet their charts promise a principled (non-arbitrary) way to know the future. So this option makes no logical headway either.
  • 8 Months Ago

    Comment to Topic Posted by Christopher Brown › They Should Have Seen It Coming
  •   This means simply that the stars and planets determine your future, hence the phrase, "written in the stars." On the other hand, however, when the predictors finish telling just what will befall you, they move onto the next part of the column. They offer advice. But this advice you may take or leave, as though you have a free choice to make, the outcome of which no star determines.
  • 1 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic Posted by Christopher Brown › Writing With Power: 5 Snappy Rules For Success
  •   All the best efforts of the academic world have not managed to prevent the current shortage of good rewriters. Most folks still cling to the “Myth of the Great Writer,” and this hinders them from jumping straightway into the river of personal advancement. Don’t let a literary fiction keep you from securing your own set of extremely marketable and valuable skills with a little effort and practice. Start today, and come on in – the water is fine. And did I mention that it’s free?
  • 1 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic Posted by Christopher Brown › Writing With Power: 5 Snappy Rules For Success
  •   Now these rules work very well and can improve your writing immensely almost at once, but only if you put them to use. On such topics as these, of course, I have much more to say. And I hasten to do so at: http://scriberight.blogspot.com, giving examples, tips and great resources along the way. Remember, you will need to rely heavily on a fairly comprehensive thesaurus. Don’t be afraid to invest a little in this venture.
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