Talk:Assault on Reason

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In logic, one of the best ways to determine that a premise is faulty is to derive two contradictory inferences from it. This proves that the premise is false.

Generally, whenever we catch someone telling a lie, we begin to doubt other things they've spoken about.

Any piece of "reasoning" which contains an internal contradiction (i.e., both affirms and denies the same point) is considered to be unsound. --Ed Poor 10:27, 29 May 2007 (EDT)

I removed the following paragraph. Its logic is completely unparsable and it contains an obviously personal opinion.

Some have criticized Al Gore's hypocrisy. Id est, in the book Al Gore denounces the media saying that they put little difference, if any difference at all, between news and celebrity, yet he is an ex Vice President of the United States and an Academy Award winner.

-- User:RWest 11:54 25 July 2007

Clever, smirking schoolboy

This is Gore's cleverest book yet, but it self-destructs. He accuses political people and the media generally of intellectual dishonesty, but he then pretends that it's Republicans and conservatives who do the lion's share of it.

His general comments are correct. He explains the techniques of propaganda glibly. But he leaves out the biggest, most successful technique of all. Blame everything on your opponents; accuse your opponents of everything kind of thing which you do, hoping to deflect attention from your own crimes.

This is the tactic of the Communists, who accused "government rascals" of various crimes - often with complete accuracy. However, their motive was not to bring about reform but to justify revolution. And then they committed crimes on an astronomically higher scale. South Vietnam had its "tiger cages" and may have executed as many as 50,000 people for suspected revolutionary activity; but Communist Vietnam, once it took power, killed half a million people. --Ed Poor Talk 15:13, 8 August 2007 (EDT)