First of all, I want to start by saying hello to everyone and I would like to extend a thank you to Shane Cloud, The Global Elite’s founder for giving me an opportunity to be a part of his ambitious compendium that many of you use and read today. It was through an odd string of synchronicity, common interest, and thirst for knowledge that I had the opportunity to write here, and I come with a great deal of humility, sincerity, and passion. Too often, especially in regards to online journals, articles, editorials, and featurettes are the texts fraught with certainty, vitriol, and anger. The reason I joined The Global Elite team was because I believed in its idea. I believed that it was possible to have different branches of information and knowledge that often clashed with each other in realistic application. Moreover, I suppose that is the point of this article. The point of this article isn’t to prove than anything above all others is correct. It is to prove that fallacious logic can exist anywhere and everywhere.
For those of you who have been paying attention to The Global Elite’s Facebook timeline and Google + feed, we have been releasing Logical Fallacies Of The Day. I am educated in Logic, and while it wouldn’t matter if I were or weren’t, the point I would like to make is that there ultimately, to nearly any argument is no truth. Base rate fallacies are often encountered in informal forms of logic, but, one can also encounter more complex forms of fallacies such as Inflation Of Conflict, and The Psychologists Fallacy.
There are benefits to studying logic. Logic can teach you a great deal about your own bullshit, the identity you try to project to the world, and it will also make you a helluva critical thinker if you actually invest in it. Whenever Shane had posted the other day about politics, marketing, and the world around us being loaded with logical fallacy, he was correct. Politicians, marketing agencies and others use these logical weaknesses we have against us, and they are ultra effective weapons, and this is why a bitch has to become bulletproof.
Two hot topics which I have noticed are particularly popular in the US political realm right now are gay marriage, and abortion. I figured since these two are current, I would post about them and the logical fallacies I have immediately noticed in the dialogue and text surrounding them. We will start with gay marriage.
Recently, a federal judge overturned a ban on gay marriage in Alabama. On the proponents side, they are appealing to novelty, often tossing out the thought-terminating cliché: “Be on the right side of history.” History doesn’t care about which side of an argument you are on. History is indifferent to you and your political leanings. For the record, personally, I am for gay marriage.
On the opposing side of this issue, the language I have seen is appealing to authority, appealing to tradition, and appealing to religion. This isn’t to say either side is correct, I am merely giving you a frame of reference.
It is with all disrespect to the majority of politicians that I write this article, as even the issue of abortion commits to those very same fallacies. That said, I invite anyone to venture down the study of logic, it will take you places, it will call you out on your bullshit, and it will make you think. Good luck!