Friday, March 06, 2009

Logical Error Redux

A while back I posted something that combined the two loves in my life: politics and common errors in logical reasoning.

Today's XKCD neatly sums up the point:


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the point of this post? This is kind of stupid. The LSAT is over.

3/06/2009 2:14 PM  
Blogger Armen said...

Seriously Toney. Your cartoon mocking hypercritical/anal tendencies is not satisfying the hypercritical/anal tendencies of the audience.

3/06/2009 2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:14 here. Ha, I wouldn't say that I'm anal (although, let's face it, I AM a law student), but this post, like many recent posts does not lend itself to response. I just don't get the point of this random musing. For what it's worth, I've never criticized this blog before now, and I have enjoyed reading it over the years.

3/06/2009 2:39 PM  
Blogger Toney said...

Hi 2:14,

My goal with this wasn't to spur an onslaught of multi-faceted conversation. The original post I linked to was, however, and there were some great points made. This was quite literally a random musing; there's nothing more to read into it. It was related to something I had posted earlier, it made me laugh, so I thought "hmm, I'll share this".

If you don't want to talk about something, or don't think it merits discussion, then just don't say anything at all. Had I not posted this at all, it also wouldn't have lent itself to a response. So we're in the same boat either way right?

Go have a scotch or something... this definitely isn't worth getting upset about.

3/06/2009 2:51 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

"Your blog post didn't blow my mind and change my life, so please refrain from posting such insignificant blather in the future."

Seriously. If that's what you expect out of every blog post you read - or any blog post you read, for that matter - you should go hang yourself.

3/06/2009 2:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where did that quote come from?

3/06/2009 4:32 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

The future!

3/06/2009 5:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He just said he didn't like the post. That seems like legitimate criticism to me. I don't think he needs to go have a drink to get over it. It sounds more like Toney needs the drink.

3/06/2009 5:32 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

The quote is a generalized, fictional exaggeration of approximately half of the anonymous comments posted on this blog.

3/06/2009 5:39 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Or, as Dan said, the future.

3/06/2009 5:40 PM  
Blogger Toney said...

"... but this post, like many recent posts does not lend itself to response."

That seems to me as though there is something beyond a simple dislike for a post. In which case, people need to realize that this isn't the NY Times. It's a blog. We don't OWE anyone anything. I'll post a picture of a dancing raccoon if I want to.

Anyone that goes to the effort to post "hey, i don't like this", does need a drink, because there are more important things to worry about. Such as how you anonymous posters can be wrong so often... is that even mathematically possible? This could be a sign that the universe is unraveling. In which case, a round of scotches, for all of us, on me.

3/06/2009 5:41 PM  
Blogger Armen said...

Raccoon you say?

3/06/2009 5:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Toney, I'm totally taking you up on that offer to pick up a round of scotches.

3/07/2009 12:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I, for one, found this post delightful. Keep 'em coming!

3/07/2009 12:44 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

Tony's cartoon reminded me of the
made by various cable news talking heads that the stock markets have dropped because of Obama's economic policies.

I wonder what percentage of people think that argument makes sense. I fear it might be too high.

3/07/2009 8:52 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Yeah, the anonymous seem to be on a bit of a kick lately. I don't really get it. I mean, sure, this blog is a place for the occasional opinion column. But does it lose anything by also having short, one-off, interesting soundbytes? "Stories from the fruits and nuts" of boalt hall! That's as close to a mission statement as we have around here. So really, if you don't like a post, move down to the next one. Only takes a second.

3/07/2009 11:54 AM  
Anonymous Alexander Kirilov said...

Hey Armen, I am wondering why "the future" didn't warn me about that f'ing raccoon.

3/09/2009 12:06 AM  

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