Monthly Archives: November 2006

Better Late Than Never?

Bush goes to Vietnam. Advertisements

The Beauty of the Reductio ad Absurdum

Reductio ad absurdum can be striking, indeed beautiful, in its simplicity. Taking a bad premise to its logical extreme can concisely illustrate just how bad the premise is. Here are my two favorite ‘reductios’. The first is in response to epistemological relativism in philosophy of science. The basic claim (i.e., the bad premise) is that […]

John Kerry vs. Humor

So, John Kerry botched a joke on Monday. In a speech to some California college students, he said, “You know education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.” […]