Friday, June 26, 2015

Logic: Common Pitfall in Arguing

Perhaps you've participated in these situations in the past: raised voices, insist by repetition, and got to the off-topic distractions.

Please give it some thought: if a statement made in a loud voice, will it make more or less true? What if the argument is repeated by using different words? What if a person says "trust me" before making a statement. Does it affect the truth of the statement? If someone makes a statement that they feel strongly about, does it affect the truth? Does it matter how upset you are? How angry you are? How often the person argues about the same topic? Why the emotional context so common in arguments, if it doesn't impact the truth in any way?

Perhaps the greatest difficulty in logical arguments is detecting non-relevant factors. Many arguments would be pointless without any emotional displays. There are some practical tips for logical arguments:
  • Be willing and motivate to argue logically
  • Be capable intellectually to take on a logical argument
  • Have the time and patience to see the argument through logically
  • Be prepared with the body of knowledge in the process of logical argumentation
Conclusion: There are no assumptions, because if contradictions are found in at least one of the assumptions, it is possible that one of the steps in the argument, must be incorrect.
Weinberg, Arnon. (2012) How to Have a Logical Argument in Real Life. - 10 pages.

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