12 Days of Scepticism: Day 10 – Correlation Does Not Equal Causation

The basis of this fallacy is in assuming that when two events occur together one of them must be causing the other. If you’re thinking that this sounds a bit like the post hoc fallacy then you’re right, but where as with that fallacy the link is merely a temporal one, here it is more… Read More 12 Days of Scepticism: Day 10 – Correlation Does Not Equal Causation

12 Days of Scepticism: Day 9 – Argument From Final Consequences

Ideally the knowledge we have should be true, that’s what I think, anyway. One way that our conclusions might be invalidated is if we allow our choices to be clouded by emotion. I’m not talking about removing all emotion from our lives, nobody wants an army of robots instead of the human race; there are… Read More 12 Days of Scepticism: Day 9 – Argument From Final Consequences

12 Days of Scepticism: Day 8 – The Argument From Personal Incredulity

For my next trick I will attempt to explain the Argument From Personal Incredulity. Not to be confused with the Argument From Personal Ignorance, the Argument From Personal Incredulity essentially looks like this: Person A: I can’t imagine how x could have happened. Conclusion: x cannot have happened. The unstated, and false, premise in this… Read More 12 Days of Scepticism: Day 8 – The Argument From Personal Incredulity