by phil on Tuesday Sep 9, 2003 9:02 AM
Learning, logical fallacies
In order to understand what a fallacy is, one must understand what an argument is. Very briefly, an argument consists of one or more premises and one conclusion. A premise is a statement (a sentence that is either true or false) that is offered in support of the claim being made, which is the conclusion (which is also a sentence that is either true or false).
Everytime I learn a new fallacy of thinking, I suddenly become overwhelmed with a sense of awe at the amount of ridiculousness upon which I've founded many of my ideas that I consider sacred I then quickly retrace my steps through a lot of my thinking, and revise and correct accordingly. Good times, and a good opportunity to learn some new Latin.