XKCD - "Duty Calls"

The Perils of Philosophy


From time to time, WC will get in a debate with some faceless person over the internet. It usually starts when the other person makes a foolish or outlandish statement. If WC is sufficiently dyspeptic at the moment, WC will take the fool to task. This happened recently. A climate change denier annoyed WC enough…

A Reader’s Guide to Trumpian Fallacies


By popular demand, here’s a table summarizing some of Donald Trump’s favorite logical fallacies, with links to more detailed explanations where WC or others have discussed them earlier. None of this is new – discussion of logical fallacies is a fairly common theme around Wickersham’s Conscience – but as we ramp up for the 2020…

WC Helps Michael Knowles


Michael Knowles, a failed actor,1 pretend author2 and – with those qualifications – Fox News political commentator embarrassed himself and even Fox News. Knowles said of 16-year old climate activist Greta Thurnberg, None of that matters because the climate hysteria movement is not about science,” said the conservative pundit and Daily Wire podcast host. “If…

Jeffrey Epstein in 2017. CreditNew York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, via Reuters

Jeffrey Epstein and Hanlon’s Razor


Pervert, pimp, serial sexual predator, felon and multi-millionaire Jeffrey Epstein reportedly committed suicide in his jail cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan a week ago. Even before his corpse had cooled, there were dozens of conspiracy theories. The facts, at least the facts we know, suggest enough irregularities in the Feds’ treatment of…

Idaho opinions, shown to the world

Bumpersticker Evidence


This pickup is a parked a few blocks from WC’s house. WC offers this photo as evidence that not every one is capable to critical, logical thinking. Even if their vote counts just as much as yours. Note the two references to Infowars, Alex Jones’ completely discredited conspiracy-mongering website and podcast. Recall that Jones testified,…

Causes of Death in the U.S. (2016 data). From Richie and Roser, Creative Commons license

Wretched Risk Assessment Skills


WC has had occasion before to comment on Americans’ poor risk assessment abilities. Americans still have wretched risk assessment skills. A very nifty chart by Hannah Ritchie and Max Roser not only demonstrates American poor risk assessment abilities; it also suggests at least part of the cause. Click here for a larger image. The first…