Disentangling traditional myth, archæological fact, and anthropological speculation is a tricky business, which—in a lucky break for historians—can be left to prehistorians.
Sorting Through Sophistries:Appeals to Authority By Gabriel Blanchard Is it an error in reasoning to appeal to authority for one’s beliefs? Certainly not; but then again, very much
History can be tricky, even when one is not being pursued by a rough-and-tumble college professor declaring that the artifact we are trying to study “belongs in a museum.”
Regrettably, we don’t always need someone else to lead us down the garden path of sophistry; we’re very capable walkers, thanks, and feel sure we can find it unassisted.
Time is sometimes depicted as an ouroboros, a serpent eating its tail, a symbol of cyclical recurrence. History is like a bask of crocodiles: they are related to snakes, but have extra features that may distract us, to our peril.
Today, we conclude our review of the first great genus of fallacies with a glance at fallacious treatment of idioms.
A romantic English patriot and devout Catholic convert; a friend of Shaw and Orwell and an enemy of modernity; an opponent of socialism and a staunch foe of capitalism: the paradoxes of Chesterton make an elegant closing flourish for our series on the Author Bank.
To err is human; to forgive is divine; logically, then, it must be diabolical to subalternate.