Posted by: Lisa Pampuch | July 10, 2009

Wooly rhetoric

Butterflies and Wheels offers a helpful guide to deciphering the debating tactics of folks who aren’t critical thinkers, who embrace fallacies, who spout nonsense (yes, very much like soon-to-be-former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin). My favorite:

Be dismissive

Go on, don’t hesitate. Brush people off, especially if they know about something you don’t know about. If they later turn out to be Nobel economists or widely-read philosophers, just pretend you’ve forgotten the whole episode.

But really, it’s hard to pick a favorite. Go ahead, scroll through the entire list. See how many you’ve heard Palin use in the less-than 12 months she’s traipsed across the national stage.

Then, if you want to read a good book on how to think and debate logically, try Being Logical: A Guide to Good Thinking by D.Q. McInerny.


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