The Daily Owl 10-23-2013

We are generally the better persuaded by the reasons we discover ourselves than by those given to us by others. (Pascal)
We are generally the better persuaded by the reasons we discover ourselves than by those given to us by others. (Pascal) [More]

Beyond Logic: Why Do We Disagree?

A recent paper by Helen de Cruz talks about why two educated people who are exposed to the same evidence disagree on the conclusion of an argument. The reasons aren't all that simple.
A recent paper by Helen de Cruz talks about why two educated people who are exposed to the same evidence disagree on the conclusion of an argument. The reasons aren't all that simple. [More]

The Daily Owl 9-30-2013

"To conduct an argument in the traditional sense, it is essential that there be some common ground. Unless the participants agree on the premises, there is no point in trying to derive a conclusion."
"To conduct an argument in the traditional sense, it is essential that there be some common ground. Unless the participants agree on the premises, there is no point in trying to derive a conclusion." [More]

Man Gets Shot in Argument Over Kant’s Philosophy

Two men in southern Russia apparently were arguing over Kant's philosophy when a fight broke out ending with one man shooting the other several times.
Two men in southern Russia apparently were arguing over Kant's philosophy when a fight broke out ending with one man shooting the other several times. [More]

The Daily Owl 9-16-2013

To accept everything is an exercise, to understand everything a strain. The poet only desires exaltation and expansion, a world to stretch himself in. The poet only asks to get his head into the heavens. It is the logician who seeks to get the heavens into his head. And it is his head that splits. (Chesterton)
To accept everything is an exercise, to understand everything a strain. The poet only desires exaltation and expansion, a world to stretch himself in. The poet only asks to get his head into the heavens. It is the logician who seeks to get the heavens into his head. And it is his head that splits. (Chesterton) [More]

The Daily Owl 9-8-2013

“[Abduction is] a tentative acceptance of an explanatory hypothesis which, if true, would make the phenomenon under investigation intelligible.” (Peirce)
“[Abduction is] a tentative acceptance of an explanatory hypothesis which, if true, would make the phenomenon under investigation intelligible.” (Peirce) [More]

An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments

A clever little ebook that serves as a primer on logical fallacies. The entire ebook is online.
A clever little ebook that serves as a primer on logical fallacies. The entire ebook is online. [More]

The Daily Owl 8-20-2013

“You know you've made you’ve made your point when the response sounds less like the searing logic of an good argument and more like the dull thud of a pounded pulpit.”
“You know you've made you’ve made your point when the response sounds less like the searing logic of an good argument and more like the dull thud of a pounded pulpit.” [More]

5 Reasons Why I Love Philosophy

Ever wonder about philosophy? If so, you've philosophized. Ever wonder if there is value in wondering? Rick Pimentel explores these questions and gives us some reasons why he thinks philosophy is one of the most valuable discplines available to mankind.
Ever wonder about philosophy? If so, you've philosophized. Ever wonder if there is value in wondering? Rick Pimentel explores these questions and gives us some reasons why he thinks philosophy is one of the most valuable discplines available to mankind. [More]

To God, I’m the Loyal Opposition

I’ve read many psychologists that warn about focusing too much on a person or a group you hate because in doing so you risk becoming just like them. I think some modern atheists may be falling prey to this problem.
I’ve read many psychologists that warn about focusing too much on a person or a group you hate because in doing so you risk becoming just like them. I think some modern atheists may be falling prey to this problem. [More]