Thursday, August 03, 2006

Taking logical fallacies to a whole new level

Creationists and their intellectual brethren, the ID proponents, are well known for their lack for scientific arguments. What they are renowned for is their ability to abuse philosophical notions.

This flash video takes that abuse, combined with the typical logical fallacies to a whole new level.

Dr. Suess would be proud. But if that link gets you depressed, you might want to check out the Dr. Suess bible from Kids in the Hall.

And now that you've had some light comedy, try this link out to get even more strawmen and other fallacies! Since this one covers some Big Bang era, consider having a look over my common misconceptions as there's at least two of them in there...


Anonymous said...

Don't seem to be able to get to them to call LIARS!
Can anyone else do this?

And is it worth it?

Jon Voisey said...

To "lie" requires a conscious effort. I'm not so sure people like this realize they're lying.

Additionally, I find that, even when they blatantly are, it's not always best to call a spade for what it is because people will get overly defensive and no longer listen.

Anonymous said...

You're kidding, right? You surely don't think Creationists are listening to you?

Jon Voisey said...

You surely don't think Creationists are listening to you?

The hard-core indoctrinated ones, no. However, most "creationists" are just people that have been fed a bunch of garbage and haven't ever critically analyzed it.

Those are the people I try to temper my statements for.