Dealing with fallacies

I haven’t written a ‘dealing with’ article in quite some time and this rather different from my other ones in that it is a bit more pedantic. This is an article about argumentation and problems I have observed when involved in it. If that doesn’t sound like it is for you check out another article on my blog. On to the meat and potatoes!

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Normal Dogma, Radical Scepticism

Days upon days of conversation with my opposite has revealed perhaps something interesting. When someone speaks about something that’s a ‘self-evident truth’, they are merely using the connotations of truth without any denotations. It is, in other words, to say, that they are using the word truth as rhetoric. The word truth is a tool without any meaning of its own to them. When they say ‘truth’ it is not a truth in any philosophical sense, but in a sophistical sense, merely a fashion of speech. They don’t have any meaning for the word they are using on their own, this is why dogmatists can say:

It is true because it is true;

I know because I know.

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Short Spiel on Free Speech

Why do we want freedom of speech? It is a question you might think is obvious and usually, people who question this maxim of free speech are almost always deplatformed; As funny as that may seem. I will raise the question again anyway: why do we want freedom of speech? We want freedom of speech so that anyone can engage in dialogue. We want freedom of speech because we don’t want our speech restricted. We want freedom of speech to hear all ideas. We want freedom of speech so that people can express themselves without fear. We want freedom of speech because we couldn’t have conversations about freedom of speech without it. We want freedom of speech because we love our freedom. Continue reading Short Spiel on Free Speech

TransAgeism: An Exercise in Incredulity

If you have been referred to this article by a friend or family member, it was probably because you might have felt and voiced your thoughts as deeply against the transgender movement. Afterall, “everything can’t be a social construct, right?” Wrong. And of course, this depends on what you mean by social construct. Categorization, for example, is a thing that humans do automatically (how we categorize is questionable, I am not saying that the binary or spectral dynamic of gender is a natural category, just one we seem to have). And some distinctions seem to be common. Including the preference of certain types of toys or more arbitrary distinctions like colour or shapes. This is a common way in which humans think and that doesn’t mean a different social environment could not change that. There is a saying in psychology: all that is psychological is biological and the biological psychological. That which creates social construct like etiquette, preference for colour and so on has a biological basis that isn’t what makes a thing a social construction. What makes a thing a social construction is whether it is a notion also predicated on your society. If you were to grow up somewhere completely differently the way you would express yourself, your understanding of nature and biology that could all change. The environment changes one’s physiology and there really isn’t a barrier between the biological and psychological.

What if I said the craziest thing to you right now? What if I said that not only gender and race but age was a social construct? I know, crazy! So let’s imagine two people having this conversation going to watch a movie at a theatre. The first a man, Pyrrho and the second a woman, Xanthippes.  Continue reading TransAgeism: An Exercise in Incredulity

On Contracts and States

Anarchists often hear the argument that they simply want to regress states to the point that some local authority acts as the state. That these local communities hold the monopoly on legitimate use of violence for which everybody acts. This is incorrect. There are many ways that anarchists speak about what makes their anarchism anarchistic, but there are three lines of thinking they often follow: individual sovereignty, abolishment of a hierarchy of power, freedom of association (voluntary association). None of these three modes of thought allow for states to exist since all states are an involuntary monopoly on the use of force which necessarily violates individual sovereignty and necessarily puts the decrees of the state above the individual in a hierarchy of power. Continue reading On Contracts and States

The World as Nihil: Uncertainty Principle Of Objects

What are objects? It is a question we often don’t ask. An intuitive idea that we have about the world and a natural part of the way we think. Understanding what objects are might tell us a little about the world and what we can know about it.  Continue reading The World as Nihil: Uncertainty Principle Of Objects

The Comparisons of The Stay at Home Parent: Development of Gender Dependency

Oh, this is a long title. Most of you probably decided to leave just from this title. All of my writing is a work in progress. I never complete a blog post it is only put on pause as I develop my ideas to add to ones I wrote about before. This blog post actually follows from a line of thinking that I had to deal with in a conversation with a gender essentialist that happened to be a libertarian as well (a more true libertarian, one that desired to go back to the roots of man/woman/child/adult/people, one that believed people should be left to themselves and that is the best way to organise for all). Continue reading The Comparisons of The Stay at Home Parent: Development of Gender Dependency