Tag Archives: Logic

100 Words, 100 Days: Day 52. On Arguments.

Depending on what definition you use, an argument comes in many forms. Recently I’ve adopted the philosophical and logical definition. An argument is a statement in which premises (propositions) support a claim.

James was born in Ireland. James holds an Irish passport. Therefore James is an Irish citizen. This is a simple syllogism as popularised by Aristotle. You make a claim, then you back it up with supporting evidence. This is deductive logic at its finest.

Other types of arguments can result in name-calling, Internet hating, divorce, law-breaking and severe migraine. I can almost see Aristotle spinning in his grave.

 

 

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100 Words, 100 Days: Day 32. On Opinions.

Like backsides, everyone’s got an opinion. No subject is safe from them. And like most backsides, it is advisable that they remain safely hidden away from public view. Not all opinions are hairy, pimply, badly formed and just plain wrong; but the ones I’ve had to listen to recently check all the above boxes. Being a bartender has its disadvantages: listening to backsides airing their backside opinions is perhaps the worst offender.

To these backsides, logic is something Spock uses when he has lost his phaser. Like all backsides, they need wiping now and then.

Scotty, beam me up. Now.