Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Um...can I choose "All of the above"?

Hello, welcome to two plus two equals seven. This is my first time trying my hand at the blogging thing that's been all he rage (that's why I'm posting here instead of the MyFace and InstaTweet that's the youn'uns have been all abuzzed about. So this inaugural post will be just a brief statement on the nature of this blog in general, including why this blog is titled as such.

One of the things that bothers me about certain arguments is not just what people argue about the (usually shallow and lazy) way they argue about it, relying on cliches they clearly spent little thought on. One of those is what TV Tropes calls the Golden Mean Fallacy. Wikipedia calls it something else, but I like the Golden Mean Fallacy name. This say that the "middle ground" of an argument is the most favorable position simply because it's the in the center of two opposing positions (which are then classified as "extreme" simply because they are differing positions. You know, like if one group of people claimed the answer to 2+2=4 and others argued that 2+2=10, then obviously the real answer would be 2+2=7 which all sensible people would realize unlike the far-flung extremist representing their underlining bias for "4s" and "10s". Logic! Anyone with a speck of common sense can see what the problem is here, and yet you people make these type of arguments often, especially if you watch political shows bloviating about how we must use this type of logical fallacy to reach "moderates" ("Let's compromise on this destructive fact/fiction divide and agree with a good 'ol half-truth?")

This is the type of argumentative silliness I'm going to deconstruct in this blog. Theoretically.

Of course it's my blog, so I'm well aware that more that likely this blog is going to be me bitching about things that bug me or other vitals social issues and stuff (Oh lord he's one of those) or displaying my proud PHd in Geekology or other time-wasting BS. Of course that's not mutually exclusive with the above either.

In any case, to all potential fans/followers/haters/people who wandered here by mistake, thank you for joining my on this sure-to-be-wild tour on our often absurd world and the rhetorical silliness it sometimes sustains itself with (but don't worry, they'll be bathroom breaks.)

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