Visualization of arguments
Cool widget that allows you to browse with cursor over brain mapsJohann Hari: How to spot a lame, lame argument - Johann Hari, Commentators - The Independent
There can be more than one bad thing in the world
'what-aboutery'Lexical Analysis of 2008 US Presidential and Vice-Presidiential Debates - Who's the Windbag?
Lexical Analysis of 2008 US Presidential and Vice-Presidiential Debates
wow - this is impressive. Lexical Analysis of Pres debates: http://mkweb.bcgsc.ca/debates/ [from http://twitter.com/pollyrt/statuses/963468907]Create your own aMap | aMap
Great for critical thinking.
Página que permite crear mapas conceptuales colaborativos, iniciando una argumentación que otros visitantes pueden ir completando. Proporciona el código "embed" para insertar en tu blog y que otros usuarios lo vayan completando en el mismo espacioNightline Face-Off - ABC News
All my friends and family, please watch this whole program. I would very much appreciate it. It will take some time, but worth it.
The Nightline Face-Off tackles hot topics and debates issues like the existence of God, Satan and the influence of porn in the U.S., and adultery.Climate Change and Argumentative Fallacies
So the setup is “snappy, intuitively appealing argument without obvious problems” vs. “rebuttal I probably don’t have time to read, let alone analyze closely.” If we don’t sometimes defer to the expert consensus, we’ll systematically tend to go wrong in the face of one-way-hash arguments, at least outside our own necessarily limited domains of knowledge. Indeed, in such cases, trying to evaluate the arguments on their merits will tend to lead to an erroneous conclusion more often than simply trying to gauge the credibility of the various disputants. The problem, of course, is gauging your own competence level well enough to know when to assess arguments and when to assess arguers. Thanks to the perverse phenomenon psychologists have dubbed the Dunning-Kruger effect, those who are least competent tend to have the most wildly inflated estimates of their own knowledge and competence. They don’t know enough to know that they don’t know, as it were.
Via Brad Plumer, I see Cato’s Jerry Taylor is riled at responses to an open letter ad the Institute published in which a group of scientists signed off on a statement questioning the strength of the case for catastrophic climate change. I’m broadly sympathetic with his irritation at the proportion of ad hominem attacks in debates like these, but I’m not sure I agree with his bottom line in context: An argument’s merit has nothing to do with the motives of the arguer, the credentials of the arguer, or the popularity of the argument. Full stop. No exceptions.
The one-way hash argument is an excellent illustration of why argument from authority is not always wrong.First Presidential Debate - McCain and Obama - Video and Transcript - Election Guide 2008 - The New York Times - Election Guide 2008 - The New York Times
Transcript scrolls with video.
which allowed users to watch the 2008 Presidential debates and speeches on demand;
Interactive video and transcript of Senators John McCain and Barack Obama debating in Oxford, Miss., on Sept. 26.
watchDebate Training - Biden learns what makes girls cry (WITH HOT PICS!) - 236.com - News
joe "six pack" biden trains for the debateWhat it's like to debate Sarah Palin
I've debated Governor Palin more than two dozen times. And she's a master, not of facts, figures, or insightful policy recommendations, but at the fine art of the nonanswer, the glittering generality. Against such charms there is little Senator Biden, or anyone, can do.
"Andrew, I watch you at these debates with no notes, no papers, and yet when asked questions, you spout off facts, figures, and policies, and I'm amazed. But then I look out into the audience and I ask myself, 'Does any of this really matter?' " Palin said.
I know firsthand: She's a master of the nonanswer.
For tonight: a preview if you will.