Logic Saves Lives

[PODCAST] #326b: Logic Saves Lives Part 13 – Five Stupid Things About Libertarianism (2 of 2)

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(Continued) Today we look at a video from self-proclaimed liberal atheist Steve Shives. Targeting libertarianism, this video is part of his "5 Stupid Things About..." collection. Many of you might enjoy some of his work, so please check out his website, stevelikestocurse.com. SERIES BACKGROUND: We are now rebooting the series for the purposes of review and expansion. Tony Myers will be the permanent co-host for these episodes. See Tony's past School Sucks contributions here, and please have a look at Tony's comprehensive notes on the science of logic here. Logic is about understanding reality in a non-contradictory way and how can we see things for what they are. Metaphysical Laws 1.Identity 2.Causality 3.Non-Contradiction Discussion ...

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[PODCAST] #326a: Logic Saves Lives Part 13 – Five Stupid Things About Libertarianism (1 of 2)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadToday we look at a video from self-proclaimed liberal atheist Steve Shives. Targeting libertarianism, this video is part of his "5 Stupid Things About..." collection. Many of you might enjoy some of his work, so please check out his website, stevelikestocurse.com. SERIES BACKGROUND: We are now rebooting the series for the purposes of review and expansion. Tony Myers will be the permanent co-host for these episodes. See Tony's past School Sucks contributions here, and please have a look at Tony's comprehensive notes on the science of logic here. Logic is about understanding reality in a non-contradictory way and how can we see things for what they are. Metaphysical Laws 1.Identity 2.Causality 3.Non-Contradiction Discussion With ...

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Podcast #308: Logic Saves Lives Part 12 – Reason Obscured and Recovered

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadLogic is about understanding reality in a non-contradictory way and how can we see things for what they are. It's been over a year since the last installment of Logic Saves Lives, but we are now rebooting the series for the purposes of review and expansion. Tony Myers will be the permanent co-host for these episodes. See Tony's past School Sucks contributions here, and please have a look at Tony's comprehensive notes on the science of logic here. Metaphysical Laws 1.Identity 2.Causality 3.Non-Contradiction Monlogue Remembering Invisible Children...oh wait, they're still around? Discussion With Tony Myers: -Kony 2012 and the Nazis warm-up: the importance of context -the deliberate de-contextualizing of history since WWII -Logic helps ...

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Comprehensive Notes on Logic, by Tony Myers

I would like to recapitulate some of the concepts that were discussed at the end of the first Logic Saves Lives podcast. The first hour was mainly Brett and I discussing historical topics to present some context to the narratives we’ve come to study and understand, but the last half hour we delved into the most important aspect of the essence of logic and the rules associated with it. I had prepared for reviewing and applying the fallacies last week to the Steve Shives presentations we’ll be going over in later episodes, but I felt as though I might’ve lost some people with some of the concepts presented towards the end of the podcast as I hadn’t planned to present ...

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214: Logic Saves Lives Part 11 – Why Logic Alone Is Not Enough (With James Corbett)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadLogic is about understanding reality in a non-contradictory way and how can we see things for what they are. Metaphysical Laws 1.Identity 2.Causality 3.Non-Contradiction Topic: A conversation about the importance of defining terms, checking premises and monitoring emotions in the pursuit of truth. -Common logical errors -Free Will vs. Determinism -The Trivium and "pre-packaged" grammar -Pentagon media manipulation -Are humans logical? Look Closer: Free Will: Why Sam Harris needs to read more Philosophy - http://aphilosopherstake.com/2012/07/29/free-will-why-sam-harris-needs-to-read-more-philosophy/ Compatibilism - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compatibilism Logical Fallacies Handlist - http://web.cn.edu/kwheeler/fallacies_list.html Is Neuroscience the Death of Free Will? By EDDY NAHMIAS - http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/13/is-neuroscience-the-death-of-free-will/ Free Will - Ayn Rand Lexicon - http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/free_will.html 130: Logic Saves Lives (Introduction) – Empowerment and Self-Defense - http://schoolsucksproject.com/130-logic-saves-lives-introduction-empowerment-and-self-defense/ ...

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203: Logic Saves Lives Part 10 – The Elephant and the Rider

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPicture: The alternative name and nutritional value of most online, cable news, political and religious debates. Logic is about understanding reality in a non-contradictory way and how can we see things for what they are. Metaphysical Laws 1.Identity 2.Causality 3.Non-Contradiction Topic: A conversation about balancing a knowledge of logic with emotional intelligence and effective communication strategies. It originates from a forum post in the Logic Saves Lives Group called "Using logical fallacies as a form of bullying." We watch and discuss this video: Authenticity: (how NVC becomes natural) Do you want to want to have a meaningful connection with the person? What are your intentions? NVC is not a script; it's a language that ...

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187: Logic Saves Lives Part 9 – Alex Jones vs. Piers Morgan

Podcast: Play in new window | Download...vs. Reason, Manners, Composure, Meaningful Communication and Philosophy Logic is about understanding reality in a non-contradictory way and how can we see things for what they are. Metaphysical Laws 1.Identity 2.Causality 3.Non-Contradiction Topic: Tony Myers (TragedyAndHope.com) and I discuss what is troubling us about Alex Jones, Piers Morgan, and the current gun control debate. Look Closer: Starsuckers(Documentary) Complete Liberty Podcast Logical Fallacies Handlist Cognitive Distortions Ayn Rand Lexicon How Cognitive Distortions Cause Emotional Distress Argumentum Ad Populum Argumentum Ad Hominem Straw Man Fallacy The Existential Fallacy

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182: Logic Saves Lives Part 8 – Cognitive Distortions and Cognitive Restructuring

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadLogic is about understanding reality in a non-contradictory way and how can we see things for what they are. Metaphysical Laws 1.Identity 2.Causality 3.Non-Contradiction Topic: Wes Bertrand (Complete Liberty Podcast) and I discuss cognitive distortions, exaggerated and irrational thoughts common in thinking about self, society, politics and relationships. Cognitive distortions can interfere with our most sincere efforts to think in a clear, consistent and logical manner. Bumper Music: "Woodstock" Crosby, Stills and Nash Look Closer: Complete Liberty Podcast Home Happiness Counseling http://happinesscounseling.com/ Cognitive Distortions http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_distortion Logical Fallacies Basics http://onegoodmove.org/fallacy/toc.htm Ayn Rand Lexicon http://aynrandlexicon.com/ How Cognitive Distortions Cause Emotional Distress http://www.gapsychology.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=217 What is a Cognitive Bias? http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-cognitive-bias.htm Cognitive Restructuring http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_restructuring Mood Repair Strategies http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mood_repair_strategies The ...

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175: Logic Saves Lives Part 7 – Did Stanley Kubrick Help NASA Fake the Moon Landing? I Sure Hope So!

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadLogic is about understanding reality in a non-contradictory way and how can we see things for what they are. Metaphysical Laws 1.Identity 2.Causality 3.Non-Contradiction Topic: An investigation of a very compelling conspiracy theory involving a visionary film maker, the media, the final frontier, the government and a fight against my own confirmation bias. The fallacies covered in this show can all be categorized under Fallacies of Omission, where essential material is left out of an argument or the presenter deliberately misdirects others from crucial information (or lack thereof). This group includes: -The Loaded Question -Stacking the Deck, or Cherry Picking -The Argument From the Negative -The Appeal to Ignorance -Hypothesis Contrary to Fact Also ...

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171: Logic Saves Lives Part 6 – Reality Time For Bill Maher

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadLogic is about understanding reality in a non-contradictory way and how can we see things for what they are. Metaphysical Laws 1.Identity 2.Causality 3.Non-Contradiction Topic: Today's show is a personal exercise to help me let go of a long-standing resentment against comedian and political commentator Bill Maher. Cory, Osborne and I analyze several clips from his HBO show, Real Time With Bill Maher, primarily focusing on two fallacies: composition and division. Many tangents result! Composition: This fallacy is a result of reasoning from the properties of the parts of the whole to the properties of the whole itself--it is an inductive error. Division: This fallacy is the reverse of composition. It is the misapplication ...

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167: Logic Saves Lives Part 5 – The Stolen Concept

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPicture: Immanuel Kant and his shadow Logic is about understanding reality in a non-contradictory way and how can we see things for what they are. Metaphysical Laws 1.Identity 2.Causality 3.Non-Contradiction Topic: Wes Bertrand (Complete Liberty Podcast) joins me to discuss what he calls the fallacy to rule them all - the stolen concept. "When modern philosophers declare that axioms are a matter of arbitrary choice, and proceed to choose complex, derivative concepts as the alleged axioms of their alleged reasoning, one can observe that their statements imply and depend on “existence,” “consciousness,” “identity,” which they profess to negate, but which are smuggled into their arguments in the form of unacknowledged, “stolen” concepts." -Ayn Rand, ...

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164: Logic Saves Lives Part 4 – The Appeal to Force Precludes Reason

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadLogic is about understanding reality in a non-contradictory way and how can we see things for what they are. Metaphysical Laws 1.Identity 2.Causality 3.Non-Contradiction Topic: Activists Derrick J. Freeman and Michele Seven join us to discuss civil disobedience and the new documentary film, Derrick J's Victimless Crime Spree. We use their stories to examine a quasi-logical fallacy called argumentum ad bacculum (appeal to force). This fallacy is the #1 tool of people calling themselves government. "Of all the fallacies, the Ad Baculum fallacy may be the most difficult to reconcile with some form of legitimate reasoning. The Ad Baculum fallacy does not so much imitate good reasoning as announce that every effort at reasoning ...

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160: Logic Saves Lives Part 3 – The Most Dangerous Superstition (With Larken Rose)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadLogic is about understanding reality in a non-contradictory way and how can we see things for what they are. Metaphysical Laws 1.Identity 2.Causality 3.Non-Contradiction Topic: Larken Rose joins us to discuss his book, The Most Dangerous Superstition, and the logical fallacy called argumentum ad verecundiam (appeal to authority). This fallacy often lays the groundwork for many additional logical and rhetorical missteps in debate. This is an edited version the 9-6-12 live show. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Co-Hosts: Cory Bumper Music: "Sing Me Back Home" Merle Haggard Look Closer: The Appeal To Authority (Defined) http://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/appeal-to-authority Genetic Fallacy (defined) http://www.fallacyfiles.org/genefall.html Logical Fallacies Basics http://onegoodmove.org/fallacy/toc.htm Ayn ...

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159: Logic Saves Lives Part 2 – The Political Debate Contract

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadLogic is about understanding reality in a non-contradictory way and how can we see things for what they are. Metaphysical Laws 1.Identity 2.Causality 3.Non-Contradiction Topic: A discussion about my new idea for advancing the message of liberty, articulating a sound methodology, and removing the irrationality and pacifying the emotional mayhem of the average political argument. 'Tis the season... POLITICAL DEBATE CONTRACT For honest, rational, and meaningful discussions about important issues. TOPIC/QUESTION: _________________________________________________ All Parties Agree to Avoid Red Herrings Clause #1: Clarification of Purpose Before proceeding, all parties must communicate the goals they are trying achieve through this argument/conversation. More importantly, all parties must identify the intellectual or emotional needs they are trying to ...

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143: Logic Saves Lives Part 1 – Foundation, Attitudes and Values

Podcast: Play in new window | Downloadb>"Logic is man’s method of reaching conclusions objectively by deriving them without contradiction from the facts of reality—ultimately, from the evidence provided by man’s senses. If men reject logic, then the tie between their mental processes and reality is severed; all cognitive standards are repudiated, and anything goes; any contradiction, on any subject, may be endorsed (and simultaneously rejected) by anyone, as and when he feels like it." -Any Rand “Nazism and Subjectivism,” The Objectivist, Feb. 1971 Topic: Wes Bertrand joins me to discuss the foundational concepts in the science of logic. We use the work of Leonard Peikoff (Objectivism: The Philosphy of Ayn Rand and An Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology) as our guide. ...

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130: Logic Saves Lives (Introduction) – Empowerment and Self-Defense

Podcast: Play in new window | Download"In almost every act of our lives whether in the sphere of politics or business in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires that control the public mind." -Edward Bernays Topic: Richard Grove and Tony Myers from TragedyandHope.com join me for a general introduction to the series on logical fallacies. Our discussion covers how fallacies fit into the larger picture of critical thinking principles and the trivium (grammar, logic and rhetoric). We also talk about the recent Republican debates, identifying techniques used by certain candidates. And ...

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129: Logical Fallacies Series Preview #2 – A Brief Analysis of KONY 2012

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadToday's installment is another preview of the upcoming series on logical fallacies. Topic: The KONY 2012 rabbit hole is deep and dark. In today's show, we'll poke our heads in and take a quick look around. KONY 2012 is viral You Tube film produced by the controversial Invisible Children organization. It explicitly calls for a US military intervention in Uganda to arrest warlord Joseph Kony, claiming this "grassroots" campaign and subsequent government action will serve as a model to end injustice and crimes against humanity in the world. Bumper Music: "Suburban High School" Nice Peter Look Closer: Logical Fallacies Basics http://onegoodmove.org/fallacy/toc.htm Joseph Kony 2012: growing outrage in Uganda over film https://www.sott.net/articles/show/242761-Joseph-Kony-2012-growing-outrage-in-Uganda-over-film Invisible Children, Inc. ...

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126: Logical Fallacies Series Preview – Two Minutes With Mitt Romney

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadToday's installment is a preview of the upcoming series on logical fallacies. This series will probably begin some time in March. Topic: I examine a clip of Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney slithering his way through a statement defending his support of the National Defense Authorization Act. Before being asked if he would have signed the bill as written, the moderator explains how the NDAA includes the new executive power to indefinitely detain American citizens. Romney don't care. His response is less than two minutes and contains over 20 logical fallacies. Bumper Music: "Rebirth of Slick" Digable Planets Look Closer: Logical Fallacies Basics http://onegoodmove.org/fallacy/toc.htm Mitt Romney: Champion of Big Government http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig4/howell5.html Romney as Job ...

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