Sunday, October 18, 2015


Belief in snake oil and prayer are so alike. You take grandma's remedy and the headache goes away; ergo, the nostrum works. You message the sky god and the winds die down; ergo, talking to yourself (or to the wind) works. Non causa pro causa. Post hoc ergo propter hoc.

Geez, can't we have it the other way around? Can't we have a majority familiar with logical fallacies and the tools of scientific skepticism and have just a handful of benighted fools?

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