Clear Thinking

Why Bad Arguments Are So Persuasive

"Sixteenth-century scholar Richard Hooker saw this problem unfold in his time over a question of governance for the Church of England. In his work, Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity, Hooker explains the kinds of arguments made by his contemporaries in this debate, while shedding light on why bad arguments manage to persuade large numbers of people." - Intellectual Takeout

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Pew: Most Americans Can’t Tell Fact From Opinion

"The adults polled were presented with ten news-related statements, five that were demonstrably true or false and five that were opinions. Two 'borderline' statements were also presented. Only 26 percent of the adults polled recognized all five of the factual statements as such. About 35 percent recognized all of the opinion statements as opinion." NReview

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