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Critical Thinking & COVID-19 XI: Fallacies of Generalization

In the last essay we looked at the inductive generalization and its usefulness in reasoning about certain aspects of the pandemic. As with all reasoning, one must be careful to avoid mistakes in logic—what philosophers call fallacies. Three fallacies often arise from efforts to generalize. These are the hasty generalization, appeal to anecdotal evidence, and [More]

Critical Thinking & COVID-19 IX: Straw Person, Steel Person and Just Kidding

During a White House press briefing President Trump expressed interest in injecting disinfectants as a treatment for COVID-19. In response  medical experts and the manufacturers of Lysol warned the public against attempting this. Trump’s defenders adopted two main strategies. The first was to interpret Trump’s statements in a favorable way; the second was to assert [More]

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