Searching for Peace

On Memorial Day I attended an event at the local American Legion post. As a member of one of the Anabaptist peace churches, I’ve always held to the views of non-violent resistance modeled after the example and teachings of Jesus. Attending a ceremony honoring the memory of those who have …

Bias in the News: Fox News edition

I’m always amused when my friends try to deny that the media is biased (left or right, take your pick). This notion would be laughable if it were not for the fact that so many people believe it. That makes it a tragedy. Today’s culprit is Fox News, who posted …

Biased Arguments: The Argument from Spam

In a previous post, I discussed making biased arguments using logical fallacies. I used this video as a typical example of the kind of arguments that are frequently made on the internet, especially those made by those who simply wish to attack an opinion they do not hold. These arguments …

Biased Arguments: Logical Fallacies

There are many different ways to make biased arguments. One way to do this is by engaging in logical fallacies. Only rarely are logical fallacies employed intentionally, but they do indicate poorly constructed arguments. It is easier to make a bad argument with logical fallacies than it is to make …

The Straw Man Fallacy

The straw man fallacy is simple: instead of arguing against someone’s (or for your own1) established opinion, you argue a weakened form of it. This makes it easier to ignore the difficult parts of the argument while convincing yourself (and others) that you are correct. While it is intellectual dishonesty …

Sarah’s Journey: A Tribute

This post is a tribute to Sarah Barr, who at the age of 19, lost her seven year battle with Ewing’s sarcoma, a childhood cancer. She now resides in the hands of God. In 2013, Sarah Barr made an oil painting based on one of my monarch butterfly photos. As the …

False Pumpkins: A Thanksgiving Deception

I, like most Americans, grew up eating pumpkin pie made from canned pumpkin. Every Thanksgiving my mother would make such a pumpkin pie, adventurously changing the recipe to use either sweetened condensed milk or evaporated milk. I lived in ignorant bliss until I owned a home and had a garden …