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The Limitations of Knowing Logical Fallacies

Knowing logical fallacies has its limitations.  Also here. What this information is good for: Examining your own beliefs and why you hold them. Composing a logical statement. Winning formal debates. Sifting somebody else’s argument or statement to understand it and judge if it [the argument] is reasonable or not. Note: this doesn’t tell you whether […]

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Using the 1911 Enclopedia Britannica in a Course of Study

http://encyclopedia.jrank.org/ “Search over 40,000 articles from four encyclopedias, including the original, classic Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th Edition.   The 1911 and 1889 versions of Encyclopedia Britannica are published here as a community project where anybody can edit/correct articles and add comments about the original encyclopedia articles. Thousands of corrections have already been posted and hundreds of […]

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This Explains a Lot (K-Drama Culture)

From the book Culture Shock! Korea, Sonja Vegdahl Hur and Ben Seunghwa Hur, the version I read was published in the 90s. You are at a party (in Korea) and start up a friendly conversation with a person you have met only a few times. One of the first questions he asks you is why […]

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Good Reads

Interesting and thoughtful essay on what’s wrong with the current movement to vandalize statues and topple cultural heroes.   Inebriates of Virtiue is an excellent, excellent read.  Here’s a taste: Yale’s new bureaucracy is called the “Committee on Art in Public Spaces.” Its charge? To police works of art on campus, to make sure that […]

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Try to keep up

You may have thought, as I most certainly did, that Trump’s tweents about the NFL players were stupid folly and beneath the office of the President, and mostly just sounded ignorant and belligerent. One can think those things and still think the NFL millionairs refusing to stand for the National Anthem because oppression are also […]

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