The Parable of the Thermostat

“So, an argument is sound when it is valid and actually has all true premises. Any of that stuff about deduction need any clarification or are there any questions or stuff?” “Professor, it is too
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“So, an argument is sound when it is valid and actually has all true premises. Any of that stuff about deduction need any clarification or are there any questions or stuff?” “Professor, it is too warm in the room. Can you turn up the AC?” “I cannot. But, this will probably be the most important lesson you get in this class: see the thermostat there?” “Um, yeah.” “It isn’t a thermostat. It is just an empty plastic shell screwed to the wall.” “No way.” “Way. Here, I’ll show you….see, just an empty shell.” “But why? Why would they do that to us?” “It is so people feel they have some control. What we have here is what some folks like to call a ‘teaching moment.’ So, wipe that sweat from your eyes because we are about to have a moment: life is like this empty shell. We think we are in control, but we are just fiddling. View image | gettyimages.com ”   I was a very curious kid, in that I asked (too) many questions and went so far as taking apart almost anything that 1) could be. . .

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