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Why is the poll below most probably a waste of time? Think about it carefully, and then Google "Argumentum ad populum" to find out about a common kind of logical fallacy.

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"To generalise is to be an idiot; to particularise is the alone distinction of merit." (William Blake)
Do you agree with Blake that it's always wrong to generalise? Do you notice anything contradictory about his statement? Are there any situations in which it's OK, perhaps better, to generalise?


Einstein said, "Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth." If you agree, is it because of the truth of his words or because he was an authority? What kind of authority was he? After thinking, search online for "argumentum ad verecundiam".


All good students are on time for school. Jack is always on time for school. Jack must be a good student. Is this logical?

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"What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know." (St Augustine) Are there any other concepts like time that you think you understand but are difficult to explain?


The value of Art...

Is it a source of amusement or pleasure?

Is it a means of expression, a way to exercise imagination?

Can Art also advance human understanding?


"People nowadays think that scientists exist to instruct them, poets musicians etc. to give pleasure. The idea that these have something to teach them - that does not occur to them."                                                 Ludwig Wittgenstein

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