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hungarianelephant's Avatar Jump to comment 16 by hungarianelephant

Are we immune to faulty thinking, logical fallacy and magical thinking? No, of course not. But being aware that you might be wrong is a good start. Anyway there's nothing wrong with a bit of whimsy, as long as you realise that that is what it is.

How do you deal with it? People like consistency. So point out the logical conclusions of their "facts" which are inconsistent with other obvious facts.

This is a difficult way to dispose of "magic" arguments entirely, but it can at least help to put them in a more constrained box.

Fri, 23 Mar 2012 11:10:41 UTC | #929838