Dr. Michael Labossiere interview, pt. 1 – “Logical Fallacies: The Critical Thinking Meme″ – #062 (+ video)

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What would happen if everyone in society received an immunization against all of today’s media and political propaganda? Is there a simple, logical process to arm ourselves against such attempts at mind manipulation and control? What if you had the ability to quickly and easily break down words and sentences to identify lies and untruths and propaganda? What do grammar and rhetoric have to do with logic and critical thinking, or, for that matter, marketing, PR and propaganda spin, and more importantly, exactly how can they help you? If someone presents evidence of a claim, do you have a mental duty to study it before you attack it? How can we make our minds sharper? Is it possible to level the playing field against corporate and government propaganda by creating a critical thinking meme? Today we launch the critical thinking meme into society and I ask for your help to spread it, to share today’s talk with all you know: friends, co-workers, family, business associates and school mates. If you want to help make an immediate change in your own and other people’s lives for the better, today’s show is one of the primary ways to do it. We’re going to continue our study of the trivium with Dr. Michael Labossiere who is here to discuss logical fallacies. Micheal will be back in the next week or two to also discuss the subject and predicate. This show is being released on Monday, January 25, 2010. My interview with Michael Labossiere was recorded on January 09, 2010. Michael LaBossiere is a guy from Maine who went to school in Ohio and ended up in Florida. Professionally he is a philosophy professor at Florida A&M University. He started teaching there in the Fall of 1993 and greatly enjoy his choice of careers. He teaches a wide variety of classes that range from Aesthetics (theories of art and beauty) to Theory of Knowledge. His first philosophy book, What Don’t You Know? hit the shelves in the spring of 2008. He also blogs for The Philosophers’ Magazine and has numerous academic publications. In addition to his love of wisdom, he has a great love of running. Michael started running at the age of fifteen. He tried out for the basketball team, but sucked badly. The coach told him that the track team had to take anyone and suggested that he become a runner. It turned out to be a great choice. He ran in high school and then ran in college. He kept running in grad school and still runs today, mostly to combat the effects of pie consumption. He is a member of the Gulf Winds Track Club, the local running club in Tallahassee. Michael also enjoys the martial arts, specifically tae kwon do. He started training in grad school at Ohio State and still practices today. He enjoys the physical and mental training. Plus, hitting a punching bag is a great way to burn off stress. It also makes it possible to survive committee meetings. He started gaming (Dungeons & Dragons) when he was 15 and fell in love with the idea of creating worlds and stories and ended up writing professionally for several game companies. Yes, gaming is for nerds- he freely accept his nerdtastic ways. He also enjoys computer and console gaming. Despite playing far too much World of Warcraft, he claims he is not obsessed with games and alleges that reality is still much better than virtual reality. He is very fond of animals and has two cats (Ash & Zax) and a hyper husky (Isis). Here are the links My philosophy blog: http://aphilosopher.wordpress.com/ The Philosophers’ Magazine Blog: http://blog.talkingphilosophy.com/ My website: www.opifexphoenix.com Gulf Winds Track Club: www.gulfwinds.org/

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  21 comments for “Dr. Michael Labossiere interview, pt. 1 – “Logical Fallacies: The Critical Thinking Meme″ – #062 (+ video)

  1. Tim Schlank
    June 11, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    I am surprised to hear the ‘expert opinion’ argument applied to 911′s ‘established facts’ by Michael – I have heard of no study done on this and cannot think of a single known authority who has defended the mainstream position.

    It is undoubtedly dangerous for scientist’s to speak against certain establishment topics (moon landing, 911 …) Mr Gatto, I believe, pointed out the way tenure is used as a carrot and I am amazed at the way science is subverted, occulted and controlled by establishment. Dr Judy Wood lost her job for daring to explore the truth of 911. Dr Stephen E Jones did not – reading the play is not so difficult I suggest.

    Jan, I have spent some time watching the truth movement and the ‘thermite theory’ is the weakest aspect. Have you seen Dr Judy Wood’s work? It undoubtedly has merit. The thermite theory seems likely a disinformation effort – I recommend all to suspend judgement until you have spent some time looking at the evidence presented by Dr Wood. I am sure you will be interested and I would love to hear your opinion.

    You are doing a wonderful job, I really enjoyed your mushroom video, Gene Odening and this. My mind is expanding, thankyou!

    • Jan Irvin
      June 11, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      Just because Michael makes a few mistakes in his application of some fallacies by not putting grammar first, don’t do the same and kill the messenger. Learn the fallacies, study his mistakes, and move on. This isn’t the 9/11 discussion forum, this is the place to study fallacies. However, when I studied Woods, there were too many fallacies. The one I find most interesting is Dimitri Kalezav.

      Thank you for the note. You’re welcome.

      • Lucretia Smith
        July 20, 2012 at 12:34 pm

        Jan please do say more on Dr. Judy Woods’ fallacies. While I have watched her entire “The New Hiroshima” video twice, I do not recall anything about Dimitri Kalezav and so do not know how that relates to her analysis. Please explain or give us a few more for the sake of appreciating your analytical review alone and our interests in finding the truth. Please….

        • Andrew Flaherty
          January 3, 2013 at 9:23 am

          After reading these comments I went online to check out Dimitri Kalezav. I am only 75 minutes in to his interesting knowledge, we are at the point where he is saying the buildings were consumed by a nuclear inferno beneath the underground car parks, but weren’t the underground car parks still tact after the destruction.??

          The video is Get Smart episode #52, “Smart Fit the Battle of Jericho”, which aired in 1968 (the same year that WTC construction began). Synchronicity?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLV8vUHMVBE

          • Andrew Flaherty
            January 3, 2013 at 10:00 am

            .. ‘intact’ ….
            Dimitri’s interview is very good.

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