Archive for the ‘Arguments’ Category

Contre ‘1421’

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Dans le livre '1421' M Gavin Menzies (désormais GM) a beaucoup de prétentions. Les critiques ont attaqués presque toutes ces prétentions, mais pour être sérieux on doit faire la distinction parmi les prétentions. Quelques unes d'entre elles décrivent un mystère qui doit être expliqué; d'autres représente une hypothèse qui peut ...

Avoiding Arguments

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

Nature Climate Change has an article on ‘The polarizing impact of science literacy and numeracy on perceived climate change risks’ (NCC, 27 May 2012) written by a vast team of concerned scientists (Dan M. Kahan, Ellen Peters, Maggie Wittlin, Paul Slovic, Lisa Larrimore Ouellette, Donald Braman & Gregory ...

Where are the Arguments for Constitutional Reform?

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Responding to no public call whatsoever, a ‘Panel of Experts' has prepared a proposal for constitutional reform. The proposal is for the Recognition of ATSI in the Australian Constitution. Given that Australia is hardly crying out for this amendment, and that the Constitution with the very small number of amendments ...

Santorum does Reductio

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

 p.MsoNormal  {margin-top:0cm;  margin-right:0cm;  margin-bottom:10.0pt;  margin-left:0cm;  line-height:115%;  font-size:11.0pt;  font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";  } a:link  {color:blue;  text-decoration:underline;  text-underline:single; } The recent incident, reported in the New York Times (Friday, January 13, 2012), of Rick Santorum trying to present an argument against same-sex ‘marriage’ to an audience of university students indicates that teaching the fundamentals of ...

Rumi on al-Hallaj; a Reductio on Tawhid

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Consider the following argument by Rumi offered in explanation of Mansur al-Hallaj’s fevered declaration that he was God – a claim for which he was executed in 922:   When Hallaj’s love for God reached it utmost limit, he became his own enemy and he naughted himself. He said, “I ...