Monday, February 02, 2015

Mike Huckabee's arse backwards analogy

One of the main problems with arguments from analogy is that it's often quite easy to reverse them. From The Guardian:
The Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee on Sunday said... forcing people opposed to same-sex marriage to accept it was the same as telling Jews they had to serve “bacon-wrapped shrimp in their deli”.
No Mike, no. Saying gay people are not allowed to marry would be like Jews telling non-Jews they can't eat bacon.

You've actually just made an argument for gay marriage. We live in pluralist democratic societies with governments that (should) say: "You're free to follow your own beliefs and ways of living so long as you don't force those beliefs on others."

The correct analogy: "Jews are free to not eat and serve bacon-wrapped shrimp, but others are. You are free to not be gay and married, but others are."

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Hunting Humbug 101: Episode 0004: False Analogy (Original Episode with...

Hunting Humbug 101: Episode 0004: False Analogy (Original Episode with...: This episode looks false analogy . This is an episode from the original run of the podcast. It also includes a newly recorded part lookin... The Second (eBook) Edition of Humbug! is available for about US$3.99 from:

Friday, June 20, 2014

Hunting Humbug 101: Episode 0003: False balance

Hunting Humbug 101: Episode 0003: False balance: Show notes In this episode we look at false balance . We discussed the Dunning-Kruger effect with some Dunning-Kruger like accuracy

Direct link to audio: