Wednesday, November 7, 2007


Some Fallacies of Belief.

1. Believe X because it would be nice if X were true.

2. Believe X because evidence for the alternative, Y, is not overwhelmingly strong (even though it is stronger than for X).

3. Believe X because smart people believe X, even though I know they haven't thought about it.

4. Believe X because most people believe X, even though I have no respect for their judgement.

These are all surprisingly tempting.

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Blogger hotfive said...

Some more:

5. Believe Y because scary things will happen if you don't.

6. Believe Y because to believe any other way is unpatriotic.

7. Believe Y because ignorant, xenophobic, fearful people believe Y, and--what--you think you're better than them?

8. Believe Y because arguments in favor of X are suppressed by corporate media outlets.

November 4, 2008 11:10 AM  

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