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Civilisation 45: Sextus Empiricus

Most modern Europeans may never have heard his name but Sextus’ ideas have influenced our society both directly and indirectly for centuries. Continue reading

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Civilisation20: The amazing Aristotle

I like Aristotle. In fact, out of all the thinkers, movers and shakers we’ve discussed so, far he’s the one I’d most like to spend an evening in the pub with. Continue reading

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Civilisation 14: Socrates

Socrates was no simple minded ‘grunt’. He was more than a fighter, he was a thinker too. Continue reading

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Fallacies 18: Appeal to authority

It’s not enough to cite an expert – it must be an expert in the appropriate area of study because nobody knows everything. Continue reading

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Fallacies 17: The appeal to popularity

Instead of counting heads, ask what the evidence is for new ideas and beliefs. Who cares what the herd thinks? Unless, of course, you’re a sheep. Continue reading

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Fallacies 12: The false dichotomy

the narrow focus of the false dichotomy continues to influence people and can actually sound quite convincing if we accept their assessment of the situation at face value Continue reading

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Fallacies 7: Argument from personal incredulity

Whenever someone tries to convince you of anything by telling you that they can’t see how something might be true – go and find someone who can. Continue reading

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Fallacies 6: The Transcendental Temptation

The transcendental temptation is wishful thinking. It allows the believer to pretend that they can cheat the reaper but it comes at a price. This sort of belief can only survive so long as believers refuse to think too deeply about the evidence. Continue reading

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Fallacies 4: Agency fallacy 1

However the agency detector sometimes goes awry and we attribute agency (intention) when none really exists. The agency fallacy (type 1)is responsible for broken friendships, conflicts and lost opportunities. Continue reading

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Fallacies 1: Why write this series?

we’ll look at various fallacies and types of argument that people use (consciously or otherwise) to misrepresent themselves, their arguments, the world around us and other people. Continue reading

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