Just focus on the ripe cherries; pay no attention to any others

Fallacies: Cherry Picking


If you judged fresh cherries only by he ones sold in supermarkets, you’d conclude that all cherries are ripe, good-looking and healthy. But the cherries sold in supermarkets aren’t a representative sample; they represent the very best, not a random sample of all cherries growing on the trees. It’s an example of selection bias, an…

The Lost Skill of Critical Thinking


WC doesn’t want to sound like a cranky old man, but what has happened to Americans’ critical thinking skills? Recently, President Trump slipped General Kelly’s leash long enough to tweet out ad hominem attacks on Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn). Senator Blumenthal had said, “Politicizing the Department of Justice for personal ends, I think, is a disservice to the…

"Infowars" host Alex Jones arrives at the Travis County Courthouse in Austin, Texas, on April 17. Tamir Kalifa / American-Statesman via AP

Insane or Opportunist? Alex Jones


WC’s neighbors had their sewer line replaced. There was considerable noise, and an even more considerable stench. Which reminded WC he had been meaning to do a blog post on Alex Jones. Alex Jones hosts the mis-named InfoWars, which doesn’t involve information or wars. Mostly, it involves Alex Jones screaming at a webcam, arguing that…