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Monday, October 16, 2006

The garden of bad arguments

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Would you collect jokes that aren't very funny? Of course not. So instead I collect arguments that don't exactly prove what they're supposed to. Let me know if you find a bad argument that's also funny . . .







  • Ralph Luker of History News Network's Cliopatria group blog quotes this and links to the original translation: "Since 1948, the number of Muslims killed by the Americans and Israelis combined is still less than the number killed by the French. And the number of Muslims killed by the French, Israelis, and Americans combined is still less than the number killed by the Soviets/Russians. And the number of Muslims killed by the Soviets, Russians, French, Israelis, and Americans, combined, is still about 1/3 of the number of Muslims who have been killed by Muslim states."

  • Scott Carson of Ohio University and the "An Examined Life" blog has more arrows in his quiver than this one, fortunately: "All the scientific evidence in the universe could suggest that there is no God, and there might still be one."

  • John J. Emerson of the Idiocentrism blog tries to run Saint Anselm's ontological argument for the existence of God backwards: "God, if He existed, would be a Thing of such perfection that His existence could not be doubted. But His existence is doubted. Therefore, He does not exist." Or, in a more amusing version: "A real God hiding in a sock drawer would be so transcendently evident that his attempt at hiding would fail. His transcendent butt would be sticking out, and you'd just want to kick it so bad."

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