Now we start assembling our tools for critical analysis of fringe ideas. I find a chart of logical fallacies to be useful when sorting out the philosophical underpinnings of arguments:
There are plenty of websites that discuss logical fallacies in detail. The Wikipedia List of Fallacies is a good guide to them. We certainly will not be discussing all of them! So many ways to go wrong.
Confirmation bias is a persistent error that we all commit at some point. Since it appears from a combination of wishful thinking and world views, it is difficult to recognize, let alone sort out. Think of the various ways you may participate in this most human of thinking mistakes.
Another common cognitive fallacy is the Fundamental Attribution Error. It has an unfamiliar title, but you’ll sadly recognize it when you see the examples.
Combine what you learn from these websites with our weekly reading in the textbook and you’ll be Junior Philosophers ready for any dorm argument!
Nonsense in the News —
Maybe the Trump Presidential Campaign team is getting nervous about its support from the QAnon community?