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Critical Thinking & COVID-19 VII: Argument Against Expertise

In a previous essay I went over the argument from authority and the standards to use to distinguish between credible and non-credible experts. While people often make the mistake of treating non-experts as credible sources, they also make the mistake of rejecting credible experts because the experts are experts. This sort of fallacious reasoning is [More]

Choice and ignorance

I was very struck by the following remark made in passing on Asaf Karagila’s blog: We know absolutely nothing … I’m always pulled up short when reminded about gaps in our knowledge like this! Why are these things so hard? The post Choice and ignorance appeared first on Logic [More]

Critical Thinking & COVID-19 II: Credibility

While assessing the credibility of sources is always important, the pandemic has made this a matter of life and death. Those of us who are not epidemiologists or medical professionals must rely on others for our information. While some people are providing accurate information, there are well-meaning people unintentionally spreading unsupported or even untrue claims. [More]

World Logic Day

Today is World Logic Day. Created by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), it was first celebrated in 2019. Held annually on January 14th, World Logic Day was established to “bring the intellectual history, conceptual significance and practical implications of logic to the attention of interdisciplinary science communities and the broader public.” The celebration aims at fostering international cooperation, promoting the development of logic, in both research and teaching, supporting the activities of associations, universities and other institutions involved with logic, and enhancing public understanding of logic and its implications for science, technology and innovation.  According to Audrey Azoulay, Director General of UNESCO, the date of of January 14th was selected in honour of two great logicians of the twentieth century: Kurt Gödel and Alfred Tarski. Gödel, who died on 14 January 1978, established the incompleteness theorem, which transformed the study of logic in the twentieth century. Tarski, who was born on 14 January 1901, developed theories which interacted with those of Gödel. There’s some more information about the day here. For World Logic Day I’ve gathered some logic-related posts from over the past few years at Daily Nous, starting with this: These drawings of logicians, initially posted about here, are by Matt Leadbetter. They were commissioned by the Open Logic Project, the home of a [More]

How to Argue With People

Talking with people about difficult or controversial topics can be a real challenge (and it seems there are plenty of those conversations these days). This article covers the basics of argumentation and offers some strategies on how to make difficult conversations with people more productive. [More]

Short Little Lessons in Logic: Truth Function

The type of logic we’ve been studying in this series is called “truth-functional” logic. In this lesson, we’ll learn more about what that term means and how understanding truth function can help us better analyze truth value. We'll also take a look at the puzzling case of the conditional and learn how to understand the truth values of this operator. [More]

Short Little Lessons in Logic: Negation and Conditional

The negation operator is the only ‘monadic’ operator in the operators we study in this course. You’ll learn what that means and how to use negation. The conditional is a special operator that is both a little more complicated to understand but also very powerful. You’ll learn how to construct conditionals and what each part of the conditional communicates about truth value. [More]

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