After a Twitter exchange with someone who was particularly challenged with regard to logic, I promised to post some basic lessons in logic (I’ve been teaching the subject for many years). I began with a basic discussion of the nature of argumentation, which is one of the primary ways in which reasoning operates: it makes … Continue reading Logic Part III: Informal Fallacies

## Logic Part II: Answer Key

In my last post, I discussed how to evaluate arguments. At the end of that piece I provided some examples of formal and informal arguments. Below is the answer key for those examples. FORMAL AND INFORMAL ARGUMENT EXAMPLES Identify which of the following is a formal and which is an informal argument. Can you tell … Continue reading Logic Part II: Answer Key

## Logic Part II: Evaluating Arguments

After a Twitter exchange with someone who was particularly challenged with regard to logic, I promised to post some basic lessons in logic (I’ve been teaching the subject for many years). Part I began with a basic discussion of the nature of argumentation, which is one of the primary ways in which reasoning operates: it … Continue reading Logic Part II: Evaluating Arguments

## Logic Part I: Answer Key

In my previous post, I discussed some of the basics of argumentation, the study of which is known as Logic. I'm posting here the answer key to the examples at the end of that last discussion. The conclusions are underlined, and the indicator words are in bold. I label the types of indicator words in … Continue reading Logic Part I: Answer Key

## Logic Part I: The Nature of Argumentation

After a Twitter exchange with someone who was particularly challenged with regard to logic, I promised to post some basic lessons in logic (I’ve been teaching the subject for many years). I begin with a basic discussion of the nature of argumentation, which is one of the primary ways in which reasoning operates: it makes … Continue reading Logic Part I: The Nature of Argumentation

## Narratives and Our Ways of Knowing Part III: Descartes and the Scientific Revolution

The question of knowledge is a very old problem, going back to the ancients. What we can know about the world, and how we know it, is a huge puzzle. Now, we all love to tell stories, to tell people about things that have happened to us—or even stuff that happened to others, if it … Continue reading Narratives and Our Ways of Knowing Part III: Descartes and the Scientific Revolution

## Me and The Blues

As I said in my inaugural post, I’ll occasionally post here something about the blues (or music generally). I grew up first on the usual pop music, and then graduated to classic rock as a teenager. My introduction to straight blues was a real revelation, one of those life-transforming events. On a bit of a … Continue reading Me and The Blues