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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/15082/how-to-think-an-introduction-to-logic/

How to Think: An Introduction to Logic

December 22, 2010 by

My online course on logic at the Mises Academy has one main emphasis: how to analyze arguments, especially arguments about philosophy, politics, and economics. I’ve found that many, if not most, writers on these subjects fall victim to common fallacies. FULL ARTICLE by David Gordon


Kevin B. December 22, 2010 at 10:15 am

Having the ability to critically analyze and deconstruct arguments, while making sound logical arguments yourself, is a critical and often overlooked skill that can be used in all areas of your life.

I’m really looking forward to this!

Jordan Viray December 22, 2010 at 6:58 pm

I hope the notes/lectures from these classes find their way into the free resource section at Mises eventually. David Gordon is one of my favorite commentators precisely because he approaches argumentation with a truly logical mind.

Matt December 22, 2010 at 10:10 pm

I am extremely excited to be taking this course. David Gordon is brilliant and I can’t wait to learn more from him.

El Tonno December 23, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Don’t forget to include at least a fat footnote on Bayesian Reasoning in the course [is it logic? why yes, it just uses values ranging from 0 to 1]

It’s one of the tools that might keep innocent people out of jail (if juries would just grok it), useless medication in the placard and invented illnesses out of papers: http://yudkowsky.net/rational/bayes

A Liberal in Lakeview December 24, 2010 at 1:46 pm

“The sky is green,” says the Great Teacher. (See http://yudkowsky.net/rational/virtues, near the bottom.)

What then shall we call the color of the needles of a Norway Spruce?

B rian Macker December 25, 2010 at 1:27 am

I don’t understand this fetishism with Bayes. We spent a half hour on this when I was taking probabilities in math class. Not extremely tricky and not something you could design an AI system on the way Yudkowsky seems to think. It also doesn’t replace pan-critical rationalism as logical umbrella of science. It’s a minor tool.

El Tonno January 9, 2011 at 11:20 am

Half an hour and you are pontificating?

JC January 13, 2011 at 2:38 pm

this sounds great, but will it be offered again any time in the near future? I’m not sure if I can take it just yet… :(

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