Thursday, August 30, 2012

NPR, August 25, 2012, Saturday


August 25, 2012, Saturday

NPR (full article)

A Guide To Spotting Pretzel Logic On The Campaign Trail

"Fallacies are used all the time in campaigns," says Sam Nelson, director of forensics at Cornell University's school of Industrial and Labor Relations.

"Human beings are busy. We have all kinds of information around us all the time, we don't have time to logically think through every argument, so we're looking for short cuts," Nelson says. "The issue is whether you can recognize these short cuts that are really fallacies and avoid falling for them."