Tag Archive: lsat logical fallacies

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Finding LSAT Easter Eggs Over the Holiday Weekend

Today is Good Friday, which of course means that this Sunday is Easter Sunday. If you observe Passover, you’re still forgoing leavened bread. This weekend also marks about seven weeks until the June LSAT. In other words, it’s a busy time.

You have to keep up with your LSAT studies, but that doesn’t mean you have to devote your entire weekend to the cursed test. There’s time to spend eating (or performing science experiments on) various kinds of rabbit-shaped and egg-shaped candies, or attending services with your family. Whatever you need to do.

This weekend even brings some LSAT prep lessons. Remember Easter egg hunts? When you’re trying to find an Easter egg, you’re looking for places the egg might be hidden more than you’re looking for the egg itself. That bush over there looks like a good spot, and sure enough, there’s an egg. If you’ve ever had to find the afikoman, you, too, know what I’m talking about.

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LSAT Logical Fallacies From Last Night’s VP Debate

The current presidential campaign has been rife with material for fact-checkers, comedians, and informal logicians, and last night’s vice presidential debate was no exception. Congressman Paul Ryan prepared for the debate by getting jacked, while Vice President Joe Biden underwent emergency surgery to make his smile even bigger. While pundits on the left argue that Biden clearly won on the issues, the right claims that his demeanor was rude and condescending, which voters will hold against him and President Obama.

Rather than focus on who actually won the debate (who cares?!) we should instead be discussing all of the awesome and ridiculous statements made by each candidate. While the debate was full of non-logical fallacies, such as extreme hyperbole (Congressman Ryan claiming that we are “watching on our TV screens…the unraveling of the Obama foreign policy”) and just plain falsehood (VP Biden stating that the intelligence community “had no knowledge” that the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi had not requested additional security), there were also plenty of logical fallacies.

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Spend Mother’s Day With Some LSAT Logical Fallacies

This Sunday is the holiday known as Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day 2012 is actually the 98th official Mother’s Day, and its origins stretch long before that. It was originally a holiday for mothers who lost sons in the civil war, and was later broadened to honor all mothers. Soon after it was characterized by the rampant commercialism we all know and love today. In fact, Anna Marie Jarvis, the woman responsible for the holiday’s popularity in America, spent the end of her life campaigning against the bastardization of Mother’s Day. Sending a greeting card is just a way of saying you’re too lazy to actually write a letter, she said. Was she right? Probably. At any rate, she died penniless, having spent her inheritance fighting the greeting cards. The greeting cards won, and the wheel in the sky kept on turning. Anyway.

There’s a lot of fallacious reasoning going on with mothers and Mother’s Day.