Monthly Archives: November 2011

Logical Fallacy: Argument from popularity

Like the argument from antiquity, the argument from popularity is a form of the argument from authority logical fallacy. Namely, that because some belief is held by many people, it must be true. Stated that way it’s clearly shaky ground … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Demon-Haunted World

The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan. I have heard from numerous sources that The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan is (forgiving the irony in the name) the bible of scientific skepticism. The number … Continue reading

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Logical Fallacy: Argument from antiquity

The argument from antiquity is a form of the argument from authority fallacy that I covered in a recent post, where the authority that the claim supposedly derives its truth value from is that it’s been around and practiced for … Continue reading

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Some physics primers for the week

I’ve come across a few physics primers or FAQs that I think are worth a read, and I link to them herein: Cosmology Primer by Sean Carroll An Elementary Primer on Elementary Particles and Their Interactions by Dan Bloomberg The … Continue reading

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Book Review: Cosmic Evolution

Cosmic Evolution: The Rise of Complexity in Nature┬áby Eric Chaisson. Given the second law of thermodynamics, that entropy or disorder is always increasing in the universe, how did complexity arise in the form of galaxies, planets, life, and Boeing 747s … Continue reading

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Mars rover Curiosity launched today

The Mars Science Laboratory mission launched today to deliver the Curiosity rover to Mars in August 2012. If successful, it will be the fourth such rover to plumb the secrets of the Red Planet. Each successive rover mission has been … Continue reading

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Logical Fallacy: Argument from authority

“This claim is true because the claimant speaks from authority.” Simple enough when you think of an example like “Objects of different masses fall at different rates because Aristotle said so.” Not so simple when the issue arises that it’s … Continue reading

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