Thursday, November 3, 2011

Sloppy logic (2)

Recently I analyzed a passage about histrionic personality (hysteria) as an example of sloppy logic. Here’s another example of sloppy logic: a passage from politician Elizabeth Warren (pictured). Economist Robert P. Murphy provides a detailed analysis of the passage.

Mr. Murphy begins, “There are so many things wrong… that it's hard to organize them.” But he does organize them, and he discusses them clearly. This is a fine example of a logical, analytical mind at work.

The Takeaway: If you write non-fiction and want your readers to trust you, you must be diligent in your use of logic. One way to keep improving your use of logic is to read clear thinkers like Robert P. Murphy.

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