Daily Archives: March 25th, 2010

Space Donut asks, “Can you think?”

Space Kitten nibbled on our starboard bow. Repairs are under way, Captain!

When I find myself in times of trouble
Space Donut comes to me…

I wasn’t planning to go political again so soon, but like some, I’m unable to control myself. I think I need the internet version of political Depends. ๐Ÿ™‚

When the Space Donut shows up that means it is time for political debate but this time there is a twist. Are you able to think? Reason critically?

The challenge for this posting is to debate logically and not rely on illogical fluff. An example of fluff might be something like this:

“Liberals are incapable of being consistent.”

Unless you have some sort ofย data supporting statements like that expect to be challenged.

Another thing to watch out for is logical red herrings:

Ignatz: “Apples are red.”
Clancy: “Damn you for hating oranges!”

Here’s a humble little suggestion for Clancy: Don’t assume you know Ignatz’ position on oranges. And if you don’t believe apples are red, perhaps you could provide some factual information that is on point and backs up your counterpoint. (Tip: This is called “rebuttal.”) “Ever hear about granny smith apples?”

It would be also be nice if we can operate with zero tolerance on ad hominem.

Can it be done? I don’t know, but I am going to fly my X-Wing through the hole in that donut at FULL THROTTLE if this doesn’t work.

My fate is in your hands.