by Jon Rappoport, Guest, Waking Times: http://www.wakingtimes.com/2016/06/28/three-substitutes-logic/
Since logic is no longer taught as a required subject in schools,
the door is open to all sorts of bizarre reactions to the presence of
Here are three favorites:
One: grab the headline or the title of an article, make up your mind about how you “feel,” and ignore everything else.
Two: Actually read the article until you find a
piece of information that appeals to you for any reason; latch on to it,
and run with it in any direction. In all cases, the direction will have
nothing to do with the intent of the article.
Three: From the moment you begin to read the
headline of the article, be in a state of “free association.” Take any
word or sentence and connect it to an arbitrary thought or feeling,
associate that thought with yet another arbitrary thought … and keep going
until you become tired or bored.
You might be surprised at how many people use these three “methods of analysis.” The very idea that the author of the article is making a central
point doesn’t really register. And certainly, the notion that the author
is providing evidence for the central point and reasoning his way from A
to B to C is alien.
A college liberal education? These days it could be imparted in a
matter of weeks, simply by hammering a small set of values into
students’ skulls - along with requisite guilt and fear at the prospect of
wandering off the reservation.
as a subject is viewed with grave suspicion, as if it might
involuntarily take a person down the wrong track and dump him in a
politically incorrect ditch - a fate to be avoided at all costs. Therefore, the practice of rational debate is on the way out. Too
risky. Besides, the preferred method of dealing with opponents is
screaming at them, shoving them off stage, and whining about “being
If you think obtaining what’s called a liberal college education is
vastly overrated (and absurdly expensive), you’re right. Learning logic,
instead, would be a good start down a different road. And an analysis of the principle of “greatest good for the greatest
number” would be very, very useful - since it underpins so much of
values-centered education these days.
What does greatest good mean, specifically? How would it be achieved?
Who would implement it? How would the implementation affect individual
freedom? Wrestling with these questions would open up whole new territories of insight.
As I’ve mentioned in past articles,
when I taught a few basics of logic to middle-school students, the
clutter in their minds receded. They found the ability to follow a line
of thought - for the first time, they recognized there was such a thing as
a connected flow of reasoning from A to B to C to D. The lights went
The world may be sinking into deeper levels of know-nothing
non-rationality, but that’s not a good excuse for trailing along down
into the swamp. It should be a wake-up call to go the other way. No matter what anyone says, it’s not a crime to be smarter than other people.
About the Author
Jon Rappoport is the author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th
District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private
clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative
power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative
reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and
health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other
newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered
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