'Critical Thought' Archive

We Are Smarter Than Me

October 11th, 2006 / Critical Thought / 8 comments

It's an exciting time. What's key to the success of these endeavors is the feedback mechanism. Humans are finally waking up to the fact that while popularity is no ...

More Astrology Follies

August 30th, 2006 / Critical Thought, Elizabeth Clare Prophet, Science / 12 comments

I'm highly skeptical of your claims about astrology, and I can cite multiple sources of double-blind tests showing that astrological readings fail utterly to predict anything about human beings or ...

The Really Big Show of "Morality"

August 1st, 2006 / Critical Thought, Podcasts, Religion / 4 comments

I think hypocrisy is fundamental to the human condition just as other forms of deception are fundamental. Deception and cheating have strong evolutionary support. They have shown themselves to be ...

Superstition

July 24th, 2006 / Critical Thought / 3 comments

Published originally as an answer to the following question for Vox Populi 14: 4. Do you ever find yourself being superstitious, despite your awareness of its irrationality? If so, why? ...

Death March of the Fallacious Arguments

July 8th, 2006 / Critical Thought, Religion / Comments Off on Death March of the Fallacious Arguments

Posted at Salon, in response to this interview with Sam Harris: If there's one certainty, it's that any interview with or article about Sam Harris is guaranteed to provoke an ...

The Problem With Authority

July 5th, 2006 / Critical Thought, Religion / 3 comments

Religion is one big argument from authority. It is the epitome of hierarchical thinking, top-down management, one-way information flow. Increasingly, this is becoming passe in almost every other area of ...

The Top Four Logical Fallacies

May 27th, 2006 / Critical Thought / Comments Off on The Top Four Logical Fallacies

In nearly 5 years of blogging experience, I've run across the same fallacious arguments over and over again.  These have been reproduced elsewhere, as lengthy lists of logical fallacies.  ...