02 PM | 17 Apr

An Illustrated #Book of #Bad #Arguments [#geekgirl]


A flawless compendium of flaws. Alice Roberts, PhD, anatomist, writer, and presenter of “The Incredible Human Journey”.

The antidote to fuzzy thinking, with furry animals! Have you read (or stumbled into) one too many irrational online debates? Ali Almossawi certainly had, so he wrote “An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments”! This handy guide is here to bring the internet age a much-needed dose of old-school logic (really old-school, “a la” Aristotle).Here are cogent explanations of the “straw man” fallacy, the “slippery slope” argument, the “ad hominem” attack, and other common attempts at reasoning that actually fall short plus a beautifully drawn menagerie of animals who (adorably) commit every logical “faux pas.” Rabbit thinks a strange light in the sky “must” be a UFO because no one can prove otherwise (“the appeal to ignorance”). And Lion doesn t believe that gas emissions harm the planet because, if that “were” true, he wouldn’t like the result (the “argument from consequences”). Once you learn to recognize these abuses of reason, they start to crop up everywhere from congressional debate to YouTube comments which makes this geek-chic book a “must” for anyone in the habit of holding opinions.”

Also available as an audio book. <3 it! 2nd ed. pre-order now!

Source:> An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments

02 PM | 26 Jan

#Pyro #Cat #Candles suggestions for V day by #GirlieGirlArmy [#geekgirl]

❤️Meow. This very bizarre and entirely incredible pyro pet candle is one of the many strange and beautiful #valentinesday gift ideas featured in our annual V day gift guide on the homepage of girliegirlarmy.com right now (including the link to buy it directly) that’ll make your loved one burn up for your love. We’ve got all budgets covered with romantic oddities and energetically charged jewels alike. Holla at your honey and then go listen to ‘soft and dangerous shores’ by Chris Whitley which may just be the sexiest song ever. (I love you @tempusmachinawatch ) #cats #cat #kittens #skulls #skeleton #pyropetcandles #pets #ilovecats #catlovers #valentinesday #valentinesdaygiftideas #gifts #burn #candle #candles #pink #modern #pastels #moderndesign #clean #decor #ambiance

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01 PM | 16 Nov

#BHP Billiton #mining #disaster wipes out Mariana in Brazil #sosriodoce [#geekgirl]

Posted by Leonel Zozoiaça on Sunday, November 15, 2015

Samarco is the mining company that built and operated the mine. It is a joint venture, owned by BHP Billiton, and the Brazilian iron ore giant Vale SA.

When the dam burst , it almost wiped out the town of Bento Rodrigues.

So far nine people have died and 19 are still missing.

Brazil’s #environmental regulator fined Samrco almost $100 million. It is not nothing, but it is a fraction of the damage this disaster has caused.

The full cost may not be apparent for years but estimates of a billion dollars do not seem exaggerated.

And that multi-million dollar fine will not be the end of the matter.

Source: ABC