by Scott Aikin and Robert Talisse Argument by analogy is like a powerful chainsaw. If you know how to use it, you can do some nice work. But if you aren't careful, you can make a big mess, and maybe...

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On Arguments by Analogy

by Scott Aikin and Robert Talisse

 

ChainsawArgument by analogy is like a powerful chainsaw. If you know how to use it, you can do some nice work. But if you aren't careful, you can make a big mess, and maybe hurt yourself as well.

The core form of argument by analogy is to infer from two things'...

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Monday Poem

Cheshire Moon







Dilemma

 

take the dilemma of the moon:
two horns one night, tomorrow
a small coin in a vast thought
simple as circle
                              things pass
which is small consolation
if they forever return as two horns
...

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The "scientific method", a needless stumbling block; with a note on falsification

by Paul Braterman

 

Below, R: How not to; "The Scientific Method", as inflicted on Science Fair participants. Click to enlarge

Consider this, from a justly esteemed chemistry text: ScienticifMethodInflicted

Scientists are always on the lookout for patterns.… Once they have detected patterns, scientists...

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perceptions

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Fazal Sheikh. Jamaa Abdullai and her brother Adan, Somali refugee camp, Mandera, Kenya, 1992.

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Dismantle the Poverty Trap by Nurturing Community Trust

by Jalees Rehman

6a017c344e8898970b01bb099dc807970d-320wiWould you rather receive $100 today or wait for a year and then receive $150? The ability to delay immediate gratification for a potentially greater payout in the future is associated with greater wealth. Several studies have shown that the poor tend to opt for immediate rewards...

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