2.1.2 Mostly Dead is Slightly Alive

Media messages are frequently presented to you as Mostly Dead, when they could just as easily be framed as Slightly Alive.

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1.1.1 Romney’s 47%

For practice, let’s apply the logical analysis I described in post 1.1 Truth Value vs Truth to Mitt Romney’s famous “47%” speech. (The transcript appears at the bottom of this post.) In September 2012, when he was running for President against incumbent Barack Obama, Romney spoke at a private fundraising event in Boca Raton, Florida. Among other things,…

1.1 Truth Value vs Truth

What did they say? What did they really say? Here’s my favorite trick for thinking critically. I was first introduced to this technique by my sixth grade teacher, Mrs. Ravitz. You probably saw this if you studied geometry. Does this statement make sense? 2+2=4 Of course it does. Is it true? I think we would…