October 22, 2015

Standard Rules of Logical Debate, Arguments, Discussions and Disagreements

Rules of Engagement


Logical Conduct

Discussions, Debates and Disagreements

  1. Thou shall not attack the person's character, but the argument. (Adhominem)
  2. Thou shall not misrepresent or exaggerate a person's argument in order to make them easier to attack. (Straw man fallacy)
  3. Thou shall not use small numbers to represent the whole. (Hasty generalization)

  1. Thou shall not argue thy position by assuming one of its premises is true.

  1. Thou shall not claim that because something occurred before or after, it must be the cause. ( Post Hoc / Cum Hoc )
  2. Thou shall not reduce the argument down to two possibilities. (False dichotomy)

  1. Thou shall not argue that because of our ignorance, claim must be true or false.

  1. Thou shall not lay the burden of proof onto him that is questioning the claim.

  1. Thou shall not assume "this" follows "that", when it has no logical connection.

10.Thou shall not claim that because a premise is popular, therefore it must be true.

May 25, 2015

Unrelated comparisons as validation of negative judgements.

When people try and compare San Francisco (The City) to NYC (You're either Uptown or Downtown.), or when they talk about how one sucks in relation to the other, which is so much better; I feel kinda sad. This kind of comparison only works as validation of negative judgements, it rarely brings any growth into a persons life. SF and NYC have only 3 things in common; people live there, its an ocean port and it has skyscrapers. Beyond those 3 most basic descriptions, you may as well compare breathing air and eating chocolate pudding; then judge that chocolate pudding, it is obviously an asshole.

Each one should be experienced for what it is, just like meeting a new person, appreciating a piece of art, listening to music you've never heard of or reading a book you only heard mentioned. See them for what they are and the experience changes who your are. When you need to make something you loved before into something bad to validate how good your life is now, nothing changes. You're only swapping one thing out for the other, like someone who jumps from one relationship to another, always looking for better or more; confident that this time it will change their life and make them happy. Maybe this will happen, but only if they find the change they need to become inside themselves first and embrace it.

If you can become aware your own bullshit, and identify each of the culprits, (My dear close friend calls them, "The Shitty Committee") you can begin to see the wonder of being alive in this moment.

Of course this only applies if you truly want to live life for the amazing thing it is, even the shitty parts. Some people do not want that, or they have convinced themselves that it does not exist or exists more for other people. I wish whoever you are or want to become the best of luck. No matter what path we choose we will create the world we live in; we can change it to.

Sorry this got so long, and please do not take it as a judgment of you as a person, I do not know you, but I know an awful lot about me and I learn more all the time. I have worked very hard to become the change in my life, and I am confident about the positive role I play in this life now. Everything I have said comes from my experience, I have lived in those same places and many many more. They are all awesome and shitty and fantastic, it would be a terrible crime to lie to myself and the world by being negative about the way I perceived my life in those places.

February 08, 2015

New idea for doing a comedy short series online

The state of the nation of the people of the north american continent. Or, The Unraveling State of America.

The Internet should be a public utility with federal oversight. We the people own the bandwidth.We are allowing it to be practically given away to be used by a for profit political superpower thats agenda is fundamentally opposed to structure and function of our national government.

They have taken over our utilities, shut down our schools, purchased our essential transportation infrastructures like freeways and many bridges and then charge us to use them. They have created a theology to justify dishonesty in the pursuit of personal gain. These purchased political figures are their agents, fueled by greed whose acts of espionage against our country are very effective. They even have convinced a large part of our society they are the ones helping us.

How can anyone believe we can fix the issues in our country and society by systematically defunding and then selling off the social institutions and foundational infrastructures that our country has worked so hard to create? How can anyone convince themselves that the abolishment of the organizations we have created to safeguard the health of our people, the protection of our national treasures , reserves and resources as well as to ensure that are not victimized by special interests whose goals only serve them, how can anyone think that is a great idea?!

I feel so frustrated and deeply saddened by the way things are going in our country. I have always been an activist, politically, socially and philosophically. My love for my country is built from a deep respect for the millions of Americans who came before us, who fought and died by the thousands to protect the ideas that founded this country. To create a nation based on honor and mutual respect where the rule of law stood equal to all people and justice is the standard.

What is happening is going to be an absolute nightmare, I mean it already is. Out here in Missouri, I have had my Internet automatically shut off by my provider 3 times for "Alleged Infringement of the Intellectual Property and Copyright of various media mega corps.

It seems that all the ISP in this state have acceptable use policies written in such a way as to authorize the monitoring, and recording of customer activity on their network. The acceptable use policy is deeply Prussian in its construction as it allows corporations to have access to user data for whatever purposes they see fit. They do not tell you that though. The companies A.U.P. is basically a reverse code of ethical conduct. You can do anything you want as long as it doesn't violate the long list of unacceptable behaviors and activities that they have decided is their right and duty to enforce on their customers. Seriously yo, the AUP goes as far as to dictate how a customer is allowed to communicate with other people online. They justify the monitoring and recording of everything you do so that they can enforce their own penal code. They also give access to major corporations too my data so that they can also police my activities and gather marketing data. They watch the websites I visit, what I download and where from, who I have completed financial transactions with and even the content I place online; even my blogs and open forum discussions are available for them to police as they choose.

Why I trust Obama.

Originally written in 2011

I have been a politically aware and involved citizen since before I could vote; therefore I stopped trusting politicians around 1988. When I first heard this man speak; I was stunned by his words.  I trust my personal judgement of people and for only the second time in my life I found myself trusting a presidential candidate. Not just any candidate, but some guy I had never heard a damn thing about, a political stranger.

 I do not exaggerate when I say I was shocked and skeptically confused by my instinctual feeling of total trust in him. It was the first time I have really doubted my judgement (We should doubt our judgment from time to time, it is very healthy to re-examine our thought process and force ourselves to use an analytically sound process to justify our personal logic.)

 I may not always agree with this presidents decisions and have even heard myself yell "WTF?!" a few times.

. What most everyone against him  has not done is researched the facts and thought for themselves   As a thinking person who has actually read the legislation, policies and judiciary hearings involved with the ACA; I can say you have been cruelly misled if you believe we the ACA is bad for our country.

Public Education and the foundations of failure that are still being used.

This is an essay I wrote while attending  Philadelphia Community College. While I was proud to have received an A for this mid-term paper, my words and all I learned ended at that mark on a piece of paper.

I present it now in the hopes that someone else may gain some value from its existence.

Breaking away from the Mold
            In this modern world we are told we can grow to be whatever we want to be; through hard work, perseverance and a traditional education. This is almost the truth, and an almost truth is a lie. Without being fed an almost truth we can accomplish the goal of being whatever we want. The problem is that we are being told what we should be and the proper way of achieving that goal long without ever being given the chance or guidance to figure out ourselves first.
            The system that we are told serves us in our personal growth has been designed to mold us to be its servants; proud facets of the status quo . In “Against School” (John Taylor Gatto), we are shown the structure of compulsory education and the frustration felt with that system from a revered educators point of view. Gatto in his need to break away from a school system that was not living up to its own potential found that it was in purposely designed to hobble educational potential of his students found out just how hard it is to bring positive change from within this systematic tradition of class-ism in public education.
         This man who has been decorated as “Best Teacher of the Year” in New York City and awarded equivalent acclaim and awards from the state government as well refused to stand by and perpetuate this farce any longer. He tried to use his status and popularity earned by him giving the best education to every student to bring the much needed change. He stepped forward publicly to his peers, leaders and board committees; he spoke openly for reform of those ancient statuettes and  guidelines which were shamefully designed to actively supported a dogma of targeted oppression of students in those districts servicing lower income, and minority areas.
          He spoke openly of creative solutions to the issues at hand, that new and progressive curriculum was possible and needed. Mr. Gatto called for action and argued that educators have a moral and ethical duty to strive for the highest standards for all students. But then he started asking hard questions of those actively responsible for maintaining these old foundations and was met with angry silence and complete disregard. He brought forth the proof and looked towards his fellow teachers to help bring positive meaning to the cause they had dedicated their lives to; he met only resistance and contempt from his peers.
             The stress and anxiety caused to himself during his campaign for social and student justice caused his health to fail and a medical leave of absence was taken so he could recover.
Mr Gatto returned from absence ready to continue his life as a teacher only to find that every trace of his official status as a teacher, employment history and all documentation of his existence within the New York City School System had been entirely destroyed. They simply attempted to erase his existence. “ The empire struck back of course; childish adults regularly conflate opposition with disloyalty.” (Gatto Against School par.5)
          What hope does a child have against a century of structured molding based on class, ethnic and social background? A system designed to cull individuality and enforce obedience is not the island of personal growth we have been sold. This system was founded on the principals of the Prussian system of the 1820s; a carefully designed diagram for compulsory education with  defined guidelines on producing and controlling an entire population of workers. Gatto comments “ But what shocks is that we would so eagerly have adopted the worst aspects of Prussian culture: an educational system deliberately designed to produce mediocre intellects, to hamstring the inner life, to deny students appreciable leadership skills, and to ensure docile and incomplete citizens- all in order to render the populace “manageable.”
            What has changed in the 2 centuries since we adopted this course of teaching? Personally, I have been a victim of many of its cruel policies and can bare witness to their continued existence. I broke free and educated myself mid-way through high school. Not everyone has the will, or self assurance to stand alone and find their own truth and the facts that make truth worth working for. Malcom X in his essay “Learning to Read” found his escape from the schools that had held him back, but at the cost of his freedom. It was in prison that Malcom found the time and the drive to self educate. “Many who today hear me somewhere in person, or on television, or those who read something I've said, they will think I went to school far beyond the eighth grade. This impression is due entirely to my prison studies.”(Malcom X)
The alternatives to compulsory education do exist but have been demonized by our society; home schooling being the most common faces its own challenges; just because a parent can be home to teach, does not mean that they know how to do so to the best benefit of their children. Charter schools lack unified over-site; employ curriculum that may have the best intentions but has not been openly peer reviewed or properly tested under controlled conditions.
So what do students today have to say about the system? In the online video “ A vision of Students Today” (Professor Mesch) we are given a taste of what it means to sit through a schooling system that does not inspire or even attempt to challenge the majority of its attendants; individuals who spoke about this had many things to say, “ I will read 8 books this year, 2800 web pages and over 1290 Facebook profiles.” A sign held up by one of the classmates embodies the feelings of apathy that have become the norm in many public community colleges.
Even with the alternatives to compulsory educational at a young age, young adults still face a huge struggle within our public community colleges. It could be said that it has taken 39 years to write this essay as an educated person, capable of articulating the problems and presenting positive solutions; yet had I placidly filled the roll I was told I to fill, I would never have had the strength of character nor the education to have written this paper. I walked away from a system that had marked me for belligerent medicority.  I stepped forward and made the effort to learn who I am, and what kind of person I want to be.  I fought the status quo and made damn sure that I was getting the best out of my education. Positivity and open communication are weapons of change that we all have in our possession, right now.
 Be strong, and speak kindly against the tides of ignorance. You will not win every battle; in fact all you can hope for is that just maybe, you can help someone stop and think for themselves. Knowledge and positivity share a common factor in the war against ignorance and negativity; each person effected, effects others and we can make a difference one person at a time.

Works Cited

Gatto, John Taylor. “Against School.” Rereading America. 8th Ed.
Gary Columbo, Robert Cullen, Bonnie Lisle. Boston:
Bedford/St. Martin's, 2010. 148-55. Print.

Malcom X. “Learning to Read.” Rereading America. 8th Ed.
Gary Columbo, Robert Cullen, Bonnie Lisle. Boston:
Bedford/St. Martin's, 2010. 210-18. Print.

Professor Wesch. Mediatedcultures.net, 2008. Internet Video. 09/28/12,