Neil Tyson and the Argument From Ignorance

The frailty of the human mind: just another reason to remain skeptical. I recently found this video of Neil Tyson explaining the fallacious appeal to ignorance. As Tyson explains with his unique humor, the appeal to ignorance pervades all of human nature. The appeal to ignorance, also called the argument from ignorance or argumentum ad […]

Facebook & Video Games: An Introduction to the Narrative Fallacy

“I am a god. Level ten all alone!” My brother’s face glowed blue from the television as he completed another level in the Call of Duty minigame. The fact that most people sleep at 3 a.m. didn’t phase his concentration as he simultaneously killed zombies and trashed talked his friends. His confidence rose as he […]

Wall Street and Sports Betting: An Introduction to the Ludic Fallacy

A headline in Wired’s November 2010 issue reads, “Wall Street Firm Uses Algorithms to Make Sports Betting Like Stock Trading.” After reading the article, I’m not sure if this development is good or bad for skeptical empiricists. The headline left me with a fleeting impression; at first I brushed the story off as another silly […]