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The Syllogisms of Seinfeld

With many of us blogging examples of humour in Logic, this post on the Syllogisms of Seinfeld seemed worthy of sharing here, especially for its examination of examples of logical fallacies being used to specific purpose in comedy: Roles of Essence — The logic or fallacy used serves as the essence of what makes it funny. … Continue reading

Definitions Truth – actual state of matter – applied to premise (if one premise is false, the conclusion is false.) Validity – correct form – containing premises from which the conclusion may logically be derived. Soundness – Argument/theory is valid – All of its premises are true Example: All men are mortal Socrates is a … Continue reading

Red Light, Green Light

A while ago, my dad was waiting at a red light when he was hit by a car from behind. The driver hit my dad’s car with a solid amount of force, causing it to bump into the car in front. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured. That is, no humans were injured. Both the … Continue reading

Vonnegut Logic

No names have been changed in order to protect the innocent. Angels protect the innocent as a matter of Heavenly routine. -Kurt Vonnegut, Bagombo Snuff Box (1999) The writer is deciding whether or not to change the names of real-life people as he incorporates them into his story. He justifies his decision with his statement … Continue reading

Peter Parker Does Not Like People Looking At His Face. Because of Reasons.

Someone concealing their identity is doing it for nefarious reasons. Spiderman conceals his identity Therefore, Spiderman has nefarious reasons. As a syllogism, this is valid: A(someone concealing their identity) is(doing it because of) B(nefarious reasons) C(Spiderman) is A(someone concealing their identity) Therefore, C(Spiderman) is(doing it because of) B(nefarious reasons). However, this syllogism is not true, … Continue reading

She Turned Me Into a Newt!

    The peasants in this video believe the woman is a witch. Why? “She looks like one.” This, however, is not good enough for the knight, Sir Bedevere, a man of science. He proposes a simple way to determine her guilt. What do the people do with witches? Burn them. And what  burns, other … Continue reading

Our Entire Existence Hinges on a Salamander

Humans drive a rare salamander, and themselves, toward extinction – latimes.com The L.A. Times published an article only today about a rare salamander, the ajolote (or axolotl), and how they are being driven to extinction by human pollution and introduction of nonnative species in the canals of Xochimilco near Mexico City. The ajolote’s incredible ability to … Continue reading

Cliche Quotes

Not all that glitters is gold. That is, unless you’re Smash Mouth or a rich lady in a Led Zeppelin song. The aforementioned quote is quite a famous and rather cliche one featured in the likes of Shakespeare’s plays and Chuck Norris jokes, and many things inbetween. At a glance one may say yes, the statement is … Continue reading

A Fallacy of Sherlock Holmes

“When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever left, however improbable, must be the truth.”   This is famously stated by the character of Sherlock Holmes, written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Holmes is known for his investigational skills, and I can look at this quote and understand how it could be practically applied and effective. … Continue reading

Reductio ad Hitlerum

You know who loved painting? Hitler. Hitler was a painter. Are you sure you want to be a painter? Hitler supported gun control. Gun control and the long-gun registry are evil! (thanks to Conservative MP Larry Miller for that one) Hitler loved the military – anyone who supports a big military is just like Hitler. … Continue reading