Greetings, unthinking plebs!
(Probably going to offend with that. Trying again …)
(Why am I so weird)
Readers! Welcome to Thinking About Thinking.
Now, you might be asking yourself: ‘Who needs to know about thinking?’ It’s something that happens naturally, all the time! We all do it.
True enough! But that’s not why I’m here.
So then, am I here to tell you what to think? To program you into someone who parrots my very own thoughts?
No! Not at all!
Well, kind of! But not really!
It’s not about what to think; it’s about how to think. Logical, critical processes. Making sure we’re not embarrassing ourselves in everyday life, etc.
Put another way, I’m here to help us think about our thoughts.
That brain of yours – it’s powerful! It’s the result of millions of years of evolution that have allowed our species to thrive on this planet.
But, it’s not perfect!
We are all prone to falling into certain patterns of thought that seem and feel true, but which totally fall apart under scrutiny. So! Let’s scrutinize! Let’s think about what we think and why we think it and get better at forming our own views of the world.
Hey, sounds better than letting some TV talking head (or some weird guy with a journal) tell you what to think, right?
I am here to help you learn how to recognize those ways in which our brains can be short-circuited. To recognize when our intuition may lead us to bad conclusions.
We’ll be reviewing ways to search for knowledge, ways to synthesize that knowledge into what we already know, and how to use rigorous evaluation to sort through the gradient of truth. (Heck, maybe we’ll have a post or two about what “truth” even means!)
We’ll be starting out – and this is very exciting – with a series evaluating logical fallacies!
Maybe you’ve seen some nerds in internet debates throwing them out. ‘Straw Man’ this, ‘Red Herring’ that.
But here’s the thing – I don’t want you to just be able to identify the logical fallacies – I want you to be able to know why they’re bad reasoning and how to bat them aside when you spot them in the wild.
(Hint: There’s more to it than just naming the fallacy!)
So welcome aboard! I’m glad you’re here! This is gonna be so much fun! So many exclamation points!
We’re going to pull real-life fallacies from The Wild and break them down in the hopes of building a better tomorrow for all of us.
Let’s start thinking about thinking.
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