Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Cracked Logic

One of the cornerstones of this site over the years has been my absolute befuddlement at how canards such as the Ground Zero Mosque or Birtherism or death panels continue to get oxygen even after they've been undermined -- seemingly definitively -- again and again by simple, easily obtained facts. We saw a small example of this phenomenon last week with a hilarious/depressing segment on The Daily Show that lampooned the current anti-science gauntlet that the far right/Tea Party crowd is making its politicos advance through in order to pass presidential muster. If this phenomenon has you feeling a mite perplexed at at people's continued credulity even in the face of verifiable evidence, riding to the rescue come the fine folks at Cracked with their brilliant countdown of "5 Logical Fallacies That Make You Wrong More Than You Think," which offers some insights into the mentalities and pathologies that drive not only the anti-science crowd, but all the rest of us too.

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