A Bayesian approach to informal argument fallacies

by Scientia Salon This paper, which appeared in the journal Synthese in 2006, touches on a sacred cow of internet discourse, especially within atheist and skeptical communities: the idea of informal logical fallacies. I have a paper on the same topic currently in press, together with my co-authors Maarten Boudry and Fabio Paglieri, so we will return … Continue reading A Bayesian approach to informal argument fallacies

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The strange phenomenon of the cult of facts: three case studies

by Massimo Pigliucci I am a scientist, I appreciate the importance of verifiable facts. Moreover, my empirical research was in quantitative genetics, so I have a salutary respect for quantification and statistical analysis. But I’m also a philosopher, which means I recognize that there simply isn’t such a thing as facts without a given theoretical … Continue reading The strange phenomenon of the cult of facts: three case studies