Ars Argumentorum

Adversus solem ne loquitor.

Translation: Don’t dispute the Sun. In other words, don’t argue against an obvious fact.

As I wander through the Internet like a serially stranded tourist I read many assertions that are not as well-founded as the existence of the Sun, or even the Moon. Actually, many of them are lunatic. This is not restricted to blogs or personal sites. There are many published newspapers and magazines that are full of non-facts asserted as if they were the most obvious, apparent truths of the world. One common example is mind-reading, where a reporter explains that somebody performed an act because of this and that, but at root the explanation is simply the reporter’s imagination running wild with surmises about the pathologies that rampage through the subject’s deranged mind, or even worse when the reporter uses a Marxist or other ideologically biased and invalid explanation of behavior and treats the conclusion as if it were rigorously proved.

I have often taken upon myself where I could the task of leading these poor misguided souls to understanding using logical reasoning based on empirical facts and principles. Imagine my surprise when people don’t exactly do back-flips to express their appreciation of my freely-offered assistance.

So I recently got my hands on A Practical Study of Argument, 6th Ed, by Trudy Govier. The reviews are mostly positive. It is a college-level textbook, and thus, ridiculously overpriced. I obtained the library’s copy and am studying it.

You see, I have come to believe one cannot reasonably expect to read the corpus of a master of syllogistic argumentation such as William F. Buckley and simply absorb his grasp of logical argument without having an independent understanding of what he did.

So what I hope to be doing for a little while is going through the interesting topics in Govier (with an assist from the Internet) under the label “Ars Argumentorum”. This will be a continuing review and digestion of the topic, not necessarily limited to the Govier source material. If you have any sub-topics you would like me to cover I will endeavor to research them and oblige. Practical applications of theoretical material such as this always help clarify the usefulness of distinctions that might appear at first glance to be overly technical.


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Blessing of the Bikes in Gautier

On our way to the Easter Egg Hunt this morning we drove past the Blessing of the Bikes in Gautier. I was kicking myself for not having a camera with me to take some pictures. It was sponsored by a Christian motorcycling club and located on the grounds of a Methodist Church. They were giving out free motorcycle blessing stickers. There was a lot of fellowship happening among the better part of 1,000 bikers of all sorts, from kids on crotch-rockets to white-beards on Electra-Glide Classics.

I’m glad to see the message of the Blessing of the Fleet made famous locally in Bayou La Batre spreading to other clients. The St. Mary Parish in Gautier really should get involved in this to give the bikes a proper blessing.


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