Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Fallacy Fallacy

The fallacy fallacy is the formal fallacy of inferring that if an argument contains a fallacy then it's conclusion must be false. It is also referred to as argument from fallacy, argument to logic and the bad reasons fallacy.

The general form of the argument is:

If P, then Q.
P is a fallacious argument.
Therefore, Q is false.

The problem with this line of thinking is that even though an argument is fallacious it may still have a conclusion that happens to be true. In other words, a bad argument doesn't make a conclusion automatically false. It just means that the argument presented does not provide a good reason to believe that the conclusion is true. It's still entirely possible that the conclusion is true but that it is true for reasons not given in the argument.


Tom: I speak English. Therefore, I am English.
Bill: Americans and Canadians, among others, speak English too. By assuming that speaking English and being English always go together, you have just committed the package-deal fallacy. You are incorrect. Therefore, you are not English.

Though Tom's argument is fallacious this is not proof that he is not English.


Wikipedia: Argument from fallacy
Fallacy Files: Fallacy Fallacy
Fallacy Files: Bad Reasons Fallacy

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Atlas Playing Cards


Atlas playing cards by designed by Ember Waves. As described in his kickstarter campaign:

The Atlas deck is inspired by the ability for mankind to build on the backs of giants and venture out into the universe. In Greek Mythology, "Atlas" was at the edge of world, in reality it was the Atlantic Ocean. The ocean derives its very name from the Mythological being "Atlas" Titan of Strength and to me it represents how the human heart yearns to find what is lurking in the unknown.

We can now look back and see that the Atlantic Ocean wasn't the edge of the earth but just the beginning. We thought the moon was an impossible feat and now we prepare to venture to Mars and Beyond. Curiosity drives us, as a society, and as a unified people looking for new horizons to conquer. This deck is all about that search and the yearning that burns within us all.

The look and feel of this deck has been inspired by the beautiful Old World Maps that continuously have been updated through the centuries. Its a nod to the artists that had the daunting task of mapping out new worlds with what we consider today to be ancient and inferior technologies. Each generation improved on its predecessor and not surprisingly we had a nearly perfect world map before the dawn of the industrial revolution.


Obscuriosity

An interesting online shop selling reproductions of historical navigation instruments, timepieces, and various other curiosities.

Obscuriosity


Monday, March 7, 2016

Robot Abuse Parodies


























Last month, the robotics company Boston Dynamics released their latest video demonstrating the capabilities of it's two legged robot named Atlas. As with past Boston Dynamics videos, the developers knocked the poor robot around to showcase it's ability to maintain it's balance and deal with obstacles.

Here's the (unedited) video if you haven't seen it yet.



All this bullying has led to a number of funny parodies showing the plight of the robot at the hands of the callously cruel humans. Here are a few of the better ones I've come across.







And if you really want to get take action to stop the abuse check out StopRobotAbuse.Com