- Information Is Beautiful is an excellent website, if you’ve never heard of it. They pledge to give readers “ideas, issues, knowledge, and date – visualized”. And they do. They compiled a comprehensive list of Logical Fallacies recently and it’s something everyone should look at to be sure you’re not using any of these in your daily conversations, writing, or thoughts. Here’s an example, but they have so many more (such as appeals to the mind and appeals to emotion):
CUM HOC ERGO PROPTER HOC – Claiming two events that occur together must have a cause-and-effect relationship (correlation = cause). “Teenagers in gangs listen to rap music with violent themes. Therefor, rap music inspires violence in teenagers.“
Or, “… Therefor, all rap music has violent themes.“ This fallacy falls under the sub-genre “Garbled Cause & Effect”.
“The future – dystopian or utopian?
Neither. Messy, unexpected, and increasingly complex.
In the past few years, we’ve explored a range of possible futures, from the dystopian business model of ARK-Inc to the hopeful, humane crowdsourced futures of the Power of 8.
Positioned as a radical and alternative investment company, ARK-Inc by Jon Ardern was a superfiction, envisaging products and services for a post-crash civilisation. ARK-Inc’s stable of products included a short-wave radio that, in event of a disaster, enabled encrypted transmission and two-way communication between other ARK members, a series of books that help mediate one’s response to disaster, and disaster tourism services that helped users adjust to the idea of a looming collapse.”