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CFI-NE Ohio Monthly Meeting “Reasonable Reasoning: Logical Fallacies and Cognitive Biases, Part 1.” by Mark TiborskyDate:
Wednesday, August 14
In August, the focus will turn to the Logic branch of philosophy with a guided discussion led by VP of Programming Mark Tiborsky. Join us on Wed., Aug. 14, for the topic of “Reasonable Reasoning: Logical Fallacies and Cognitive Biases, Part 1.” Discourse today, perhaps due to the prevalence of social media and “instant news,” seems to be riddled with an increasing amount of fallacious argumentation. Even secular humanists, freethinkers and skeptics – who for some time have fancied themselves as purveyors of truth – are not immune to cognitive biases and the use of logical fallacies when arguing on the side of their convictions. ALL of us have fallen prey to these illogical means of thinking and arguing at one time or another… sometimes without even realizing it. In the general public sphere, the illogical argumentation ranges from the use of semi-truths (assertions that contain grains of truth, but with certain key details distorted or left out entirely), to “truthiness” (when perception and “feel” supersedes fact)to the use of downright falsehoods (which can be especially toxic). For this discussion on Aug. 14, we’ll be exploring some of the more common forms of fallacious argumentation, along with the biases that often precipitate their use. Mark Tiborsky will be providing background materials and recent/current examples to use as “jumping off” points for discussion. The August meeting will be held at the Garfield Heights Library (5409 Turney Rd), starting at 7 p.m.