I was watching one of my favorite TV shows, NCIS-LA, the other night. It was an episode which took place in a fish market. At one point, Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) comes up holding a plastic bag in which a large, red fish is seen. Always the jokester, he displays it laughingly and says, ” […]
RED HERRING: a fallacy in which an irrelevant topic is presented in order to divert attention from the original issue.
It is amusing sometimes to be in the middle of a conversation when someone says something that is so obvious, so clearly self-evident, that it stuns those listening. Or it may come in the midst of an article, or even something as profound as a dissertation or a scholarly paper of some kind. Everything is […]
It’s a little bit more serious than calling it just a “lie.” Fallacious is a word that implies a serious intent to deceive, to mislead. Lies can sometimes just bubble out without a lot of preconceived intent. But a fallacy is an idea expressed which the “teller” knows to be untrue and which is intended […]
There is a lot of energy out there among people who are into debunking stories such as those about Sasquatch, the hairy half-human being who supposedly inhabits forested areas throughout the country. I read this past week that a specially-equipped surveillance plane is going to be used to hover over suspected domains where Sasquatch is […]
While the word deliquesce (pronounced del-a-kwes) is usually used in science to describe the concept of something melting away, like an ice cube, it also has literary applications. It can be used (as a verb) to describe the concept of an issue fading from prominence. For instance, a recent New York Times article about the […]