This is post number 2 in a five part series on logical fallacies. The first one was last week and was on tu quoque. In the coming weeks, but not necessarily in succession like this one was to last week, I will explore three more logical fallacies: strawman, burden of proof, and the Texas sharpshooter. … Continue reading Ad Hominem
Answering Criticism with Criticism
Several years ago, I became very interested in the art of debate. This led to a deep dive into logical fallacies. I must admit, at the time I was exploring such things not only to become better at arguing my point, but to better point out the shortcomings and failures in argument of my opposition. … Continue reading Answering Criticism with Criticism
Should I Feel Entitled to Free Checking?
An Amazon Prime Visa card earns 3-5% toward Amazon every time you swipe. If you don't carry a balance and pay off the credit card every month this is quite a deal. You get things for free every so often after those points accumulate. For as long as many of us have had a checking … Continue reading Should I Feel Entitled to Free Checking?
Gambler’s Ruin: A Lesson in Probability
The Riddler Express for Friday, February 23 was a gambler's ruin problem, so I thought I would walk you through the solution and show you how the following problem can be solved. Suppose you have one quarter, and I have two quarters. Each round, a die is rolled. If a 1, 2, 3, or 4 … Continue reading Gambler’s Ruin: A Lesson in Probability
My Google ABC’s
"Everybody lies." - Seth Stephens-DavidowitzNew Way of Getting DataPolling people doesn't reveal what's true anymore. We all found that out when Trump became our president. The reason behind this is explained very well in the new book Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are by … Continue reading My Google ABC’s