Crimes Against Logic, Part III
The Equivocation chapter rang some bells for me. All about defining terms and understanding what they mean. Perhaps that is why I go to the dictionary so often, just to make sure I understand what a certain word means. Unfortunately, that does not mean the person uttering the word intended that meaning. One of the examples in the book was poverty. I have an idea what poverty is - I'm sure you do to. So when a government released a study that 35% of the child in the country lived in poverty, it sounds pretty bad. Problem was, this was Britain -- and 35% of the children were living in poverty? Well, it turned out someone had redefined poverty, they defined it as any household that made less than 60% of the national median. Not exactly how I would define poverty - but it certainly grabs your attention doesn't it. The use of Marxism as another analogy was really good (and even easier to understand) as well.
The current chapter I'm on is coincidence. Very interesting, given that coincidence seems to happen so much in our industry. The section on Coincidental Healing - it was really about "Correlation is not Causation". Nice Latin quote in there:
After this, therefore because of this
Shaking my head up and down vigorously during this chapter. Oh where had I heard all of this before. New favorite chapter time This one wins.
The last two chapters are "Shocking Statistics" and "Morality Fever". This is the last I'll write about this book here, but I think I can see where those two are going. Should be a nice close.
So, let me ask you - any similar book recommendations out there? I can truthfully suggest this one, a very quick read. Well said I think. Don't take anything in there personally (he speaks of government, religion, homeopathic medicine and other things that can raise some peoples ire) and read it for what it is. A different way at looking at discussions, at how people present their evidence.