Why are so many people drawn to conspiracy theories in times of crisis?
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Examining UFO sightings, pseudo cures, Facebook memes and the like.
David Kyle Johnson Ph.D.
There is a huge difference between “Not My President” and “Not The President.”
Unsuccessful attempts at voter fraud cannot be evidence of successful attempts at voter fraud. To think otherwise commits what is called the fallacy of “missing the point.”
Equivocation is often used to make weak arguments look strong, but it can also be used as a distraction, a red herring, to deflect criticism.
The arguments for nominating a Supreme Court Justice in 2020, despite what happened in 2016, are an insult to our collective intelligence.
Herman Cain's death after attending a rally where no one wore masks might not teach us much; but it might teach us more than most randomized controlled trials on masks do.
When it comes to medical advice, intellectual character matters.
How (inappropriate) appeals to authority fuel pseudoscience
How does expectation bias fuel Denis Rancourt's pseudoscience on the effectiveness of masks? By making people see what they want.
“But my freedom” doesn’t work as a reason to ignore a ban on lighting fireworks during a drought nor to not wear a mask during a pandemic.
Is intolerance of intolerance, well, intolerant? Is hating hate hateful?
We no longer need thought experiments to prove Clifford right. COVID has shown that epistemic laziness is detrimental to society.
Transgender persons have a moral and epistemic right to claim their gender differs from their biological sex.
A one-in-a-million chance that you are right, doesn’t mean that you are.
The human tendency to only look for evidence that confirms what we want to believe is strong--and could be standing in the way of acknowledging the truth about police brutality.
Invoking one’s right to their opinion is usually just a way to continue to believe what should not be believed.
Could social distancing and an economic downturn be worse the deaths caused by COVID-19? No, and here's why.
College professors can't let moving their classes online dampen the education their students receive—especially when it comes to educating them about pseudoscience.
The fallacy of false equivalence lies at the heart of the U.S. lack of preparedness for the coming Covid-19 pandemic.
Arson is not responsible for the Australia wildfires. Climate change has created conditions that encourage fires to rage out of control.
The reaction to that Christianity Today article is really heating up.
Can the opinion of religious leaders determine the morality of a person's behavoir or character?
Mike Huckabee implied he was only joking when he said that he had been appointed to head's Trump's 2024 campaign because his first one doesn't count. Was he?
Working on my article "Does God Exist" for Think has got me thinking about whether God's existance can be disproven.
You might not want to ruin Thanksgiving, but an argument could be made that you should. Here's a quick refutation of a logical fallacy you will likely encounter.
A logical analysis of my appearance on Sean Hannity's Fox News show.
A New Jersey substitute teacher let her first graders in on the "Santa secret," and Sean Hannity is in an uproar. I argue that that parents are just as much to blame.
Other people have minds. The mind is dependent upon the brain. The mind supervenes on the brain. Can any of this be proven scientifically?
There is a significant difference between ABC firing Roseanne and the NFL ban on kneeling during the anthem that makes one protected, and the other not.
They may try to distract us from Wolf's criticism by complaining about her "potty mouth," but I will not for one second give that criticism a single ounce of credibility.
Michelle Wolf's "smokey eye" joke wasn't about Sarah Huckabee Sanders' appearance. It was about how she constantly lies. Wolf's critics are trying to distract you from that fact.
David Kyle Johnson, Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy at King's College in Pennsylvania.