August 18, 2022
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An Exercise in Logical Theory

I used to review books for one of the local newspapers when St. Louis had more than one daily. One of the first I did was an intriguing volume, entitled The Plague of the Spanish Lady, written by Richard Collier in 1974. The book described...

The Mental Whiplash Epidemic

A condition best termed “mental whiplash” is approaching epidemic proportions in the United States. It is called this because of its similarity to the condition that occurs when a driving accident violently shakes the heads of its victims. The...

Goodbye Logic, R.I.P.

Logic may be defined as a system of thinking that produces reasonable decisions and judgments about problems and issues large and small. In every age and culture it has been valued as the indispensable guide in human affairs. Logic is characterized...

Ideas That Are Destroying America

Many writers have lamented America’s moral and intellectual decline but few have identified the cause. I submit that it is the cluster of ideas known as Relativism. First popularized by J. J. Rousseau in the eighteenth century as Romanticism, these...

The Relationship Between Theology and Logic

In modern Catholicism, the term “theology” is often linked to Church doctrine, much of which is regarded as definitive, and even infallible, and thus not open to question. That linkage has inclined the hierarchy to be averse to dialogue, to expect...

The Age of the Double Standard

Applying a double standard means minimizing or overlooking the lapses in logic or ethics of people we like or agree with, while magnifying those of people we dislike or disagree with. Logic condemns double standards because they constitute unsound...

Logic Was Once Held in High Regard

Once upon a time, logic was held in high regard. Most educated people were acquainted with its basic principles and had at least modest skill in separating sound arguments from unsound ones. For example, they would see the validity of “All human...

The Liberals’ Struggle with Logic

Almost three months after the 2016 election, many liberals still cannot acknowledge Donald Trump’s victory. The most recent example of this incapacity is the growing list of members of Congress—68 at this point—who have refused to attend his...