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Fallacious Arguments, 1962 February 14, 2008

Posted by Joe in argument, fallacy, internet, language, logic, psychology, skepticism.
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A Classification of Fallacious Arguments 

Looks like argumentation was about the same now as it was then. It probably wouldn’t be very hard to find examples of all these fallacies on WordPress blogs.


Super! January 29, 2008

Posted by Joe in chemistry, experiment, science, supercool, superheat, water.
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Water is supercooled:

Water is superheated:

Do be careful if you are trying superheating experiments at home, steam burns badly.

The President Tells Some Whoppers January 29, 2008

Posted by Joe in Bush, politics, President, State of the Union.
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From The State of The Union Address:

From expanding opportunity to protecting our country, we’ve made good progress. Yet we have unfinished business before us, and the American people expect us to get it done.

And so in all we do, we must trust in the ability of free peoples to make wise decisions, and empower them to improve their lives for their futures.

And members of Congress should know: If any bill raises taxes reaches my desk, I will veto it.

and then …

Next week, I’ll send you a budget that terminates or substantially reduces 151 wasteful or bloated programs, totaling more than $18 billion. The budget that I will submit will keep America on track for a surplus in 2012. American families have to balance their budgets; so should their government.

A grand “plan” to balance the budget without raising taxes from a President who has larger budget deficits than all the Presidents before him, combined.

To build a future of quality health care, we must trust patients and doctors to make medical decisions and empower them with better information and better options. We share a common goal: making health care more affordable and accessible for all Americans.

We don’t want to ensure that all Americans have health care, we just want to make it “more affordable and accessible”.

Today, our economic growth increasingly depends on our ability to sell American goods and crops and services all over the world. So we’re working to break down barriers to trade and investment wherever we can.

Because so far the free trade agreements that have driven our jobs over seas have been great for middle class America.

To build a future of energy security, we must trust in the creative genius of American researchers and entrepreneurs and empower them to pioneer a new generation of clean energy technology.

Now that we are grudgingly willing to admit that there is such a thing as global warming. Don’t expect us to actually use those words though.

To keep America competitive into the future, we must trust in the skill of our scientists and engineers and empower them to pursue the breakthroughs of tomorrow.

Unless they are offending religious zealots by “playing god”.

On matters of life and science, we must trust in the innovative spirit of medical researchers and empower them to discover new treatments while respecting moral boundaries.

“respecting moral boundaries” = offending religious extremists.

And our Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief is treating 1.4 million people. We can bring healing and hope to many more. So I ask you to maintain the principles that have changed behavior and made this program a success. And I call on you to double our initial commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS by approving an additional $30 billion over the next five years.

Yes, increase funding to the program that insists on abstinence as the way to fight AIDS and does not distribute or teach the use of condoms which could drastically reduce the spread of the disease.

increase funding

increase funding

increase funding

Oh and we can balance the budget without restoring taxes.

Are The Laws of the US Based on The Ten Commandments? January 28, 2008

Posted by Joe in belief, bible, Christianity, law, morality, religion, ten commandments.
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I have seen many Christians explain that the ten commandments should be displayed on public property because our laws are based on them. Let’s walk ourselves through the ten commandments, straight out of the bible and see how much it has influenced the laws of the United States.

I’ve heard there are two sources for the commandments in the Bible, for our purposes we will use the verses of Exodus 20.


Set! January 18, 2008

Posted by Joe in games.

Set is one of the most unique and interesting card games I have seen. I’ve been familiar with the game for many years now, but I am still intrigued by its deceptive simplicity. Once the basic skill of recognizing a set is mastered the number of different ways the game can be played are limited only by one’s imagination.