Tuesday, July 18, 2006

‘Crimes Against Logic’ Author Happy To Correct Reasoning Flaws

LONDON (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – If you’re one of many who believe you always have a right to your opinion – think again: You don’t have a right to a wrong opinion.

Or so argues Jamie Whyte, author of Crimes Against Logic: Exposing the Bogus Arguments of Politicians, Priests, Journalists, and Other Serial Offenders (McGraw Hill).

Whyte is a former lecturer of philosophy at Cambridge University who thinks that reasoning and critical thinking skills have never been worse – although he admits, “they were never that popular to begin with.”

Whyte says, “Today, however, there’s far more appeal to emotion in debate than facts and truth.” He cites criticism of the “supposedly hidden motives for the war in Iraq” or gay marriage as examples.

He adds, “Usually when faced with the truth, someone with a wrong opinion will break out the cliche, ‘Well, I have a right to my opinion,’ which means they’re really not interested in the truth at all.”

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