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Book Review: Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, And Wear Cows

Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, And Wear Cows: An Introduction To Carnism, The Belief System That Allows Us To Eat Some Animals And Not Others, by Melanie Joy, Ph.D There are some essential problems with this book that the … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Question

The Question: Teaching Your Child The Essentials Of Classical Education, by Leigh A. Bortins There is a great deal of value in this book being written by an amateur teacher who has a passionate interest in classical education. At its … Continue reading

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Book Review: Just The Arguments

Just The Arguments:  100 Of The Most Important Arguments In Western Philosophy, edited by Michael Bruce and Steven Barbone This is not quite as good a book as the authors think it is.  That is not say it is a … Continue reading

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The Hidden Power Of Assumptions

It has never surprised me that Abraham Lincoln was so deeply interested as an adult in Euclidian geometry.  Admittedly, few people share that fascination as geometry is viewed frequently as being deadly dull.  But there is one essential thing that … Continue reading

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On Justified True Belief

Yesterday night while I was eating Popeye’s by myself and doing my best to practice social distancing in these dark times of Coronavirus, I was reading a book on philosophical arguments (review forthcoming) and one of the authors of the … Continue reading

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On Evolutionary Logic, Or How You Can Prove That The Internal Combustion Engine Was Not Intelligently Designed

Yesterday night, while I was eating dinner and dealing with an unfortunate snafu involving my waitress’ incompetence in cashing me out, I was reading a book on dinosaurs that featured the following immensely illogical howler that is typical of the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Fooled By Randomness

Fooled By Randomness:  The Hidden Role Of Chance In Life And In The Markets, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb Some books feel like treatises where the author seeks to present himself as being the first and/or last word on a given … Continue reading

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Woe To The Scribes And Pharisees: Part One

As is sometimes the case, I would like to take a familiar biblical passage and make it a bit less familiar by discussing aspects of the passage that are not generally known.  Before I begin this process, I would like … Continue reading

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Category Error: A Case Study In Bad Logic

Did you know that hating white people was racist, and that hating men was sexist?  Did you know that bashing on millennials as a generation (as tempting as that can be for many) was ageist?  If the obviously rhetorical questions … Continue reading

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How To Appeal To Nathan Albright: A Case Study In Logos, Ethos, And Pathos

As someone who reads many books and is generally critical about much of what I encounter, I often wonder about what grounds something would appeal to me.  According to the rhetorical classifications of the Greeks [1], there are three basic … Continue reading

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