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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

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

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

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

I Think I’d do Well as a Part Time Pessimist

I saw this poster the other day. Which, when broken down becomes T->W->A->H->C->D. This poster tries to assert the logic that your thoughts will become your destiny (T->D). Obviously this is not true because I thought about pancakes just now and it is Russell’s teapot crazy to assume my destiny will be a pancake. This motivational poster (and … Continue reading

Broken Dubstep and Criminal Surgeons

All Dubstep makes loud harsh electronic sounds Broken electronics also make loud harsh electronic sounds Therefore broken electronics are Dubstep In this syllogism: “A” (middle term) is Harsh Electronic Sounds “B” (predicate term) is Dubstep “C” (subject term) is “Broken Electronics” In ABC form. This syllogism would be represented like this: All B produce A … Continue reading

After Some Revisions… – Kelly

I awoke this morning to an extraordinarily kind comment from Mr. Stephen Downes, who tore my blog post to shreds.  Well, that is slightly dramatic.  He opened my eyes to just how little I actually knew about how to properly write fallacy and syllogism.  So, after some reiteration, explanation, and revision, here is a (hopefully) … Continue reading

Zombies and Logical Fallacies

There are no zombies at Pacific Playland.  Pacific Playland is in the United States of America.  Therefore there are no zombies in the United States of America. After watching the movie again, I couldn’t help but to notice that this syllogism is untrue, seeing as in Zombieland, there are zombies almost everywhere. But why? The … Continue reading