What is the purpose of this podcast?
Its purpose is to be a learning tool for myself and to help others travelling in the same direction. The overall context of the exercise is the Trivium, of which classical logic is one part, and the named fallacies are a part of classical logic.
Where do you get all these fallacies from?
They are adapted from Wikipedia’s List of Fallacies webpage and the webpages of individual fallacies linked from there. Sometimes I add examples of my own.
What is the format of your discussion of each fallacy?
* The definition of the fallacy, then
* An example that illustrates the fallacy, and finally
* An explanation of why the example is fallacious.
I try to make the definition as succinct as possible but, of course, not too succinct. Each episode is less than one minute.
Do you aim for completeness in your examples?
No! Each example is intended only to help the listener get the point of the definition. It is then up to the listener to notice further examples as he encounters them throughout the day.
Do you distinguish between formal and informal fallacies?
No, I have intentionally lumped them together in the order that they appear on the Wikipedia page mentioned above.
What happens when you have gone through the hundred or so fallacies in that list?
I shall do them again with different examples. And since the podcast is hosted on a free account with very limited space, the finished “season” will be taken down and remastered as a single file that we’ll make available by other means.
You made a mistake, moron!
No doubt, and I’ll get better as I go along.