What do the teachers’ union, the gun lobby, the pro-marijuana activists, the anti-GMO activists, the anti-gay crusaders, and the anti-fracking activists have in common? Apparently, none of them ever took, let alone passed, logic 101. Now, that’s a pretty diverse group, and I am actually sympathetic to some of them. But their arguments in support of their causes are consistently, astoundingly terrible. Because I have a stab of annoyance every time I hear one of these bad arguments (especially from the people that I’m sympathetic to), I figured I’d use this space to vent that frustration. My goal isn’t to support one side or the other, although my sympathies will often be obvious. My goal is just to point out the flaws in reasoning and maybe even to suggest ways of making the arguments better.
2 thoughts on “Logic 101”
When someone stands up for a just cause with unsound reasoning, the just cause becomes scrutinized and bastardized.
Ya, I know what you mean, I greatly sympathize with the pro-marijuana groups myself, but many of them are excessive in their pro- marijuana attitudes. They have an all or nothing attitude with their cause (this is true on many of the groups you mentioned) on both sides of the argument.