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LSAT in Real Life: The Logical Fallacies of Charles Ramsey

Last week, Charles Ramsey rose to Internet fame with one TV interview following the rescue of three women in Cleveland who had been kidnapped for about a decade. And it was one hell of a TV interview (see below), covering everything from how surprised he was to find kidnapping victims in the house next door to a rather cynical take on race relations in the US — or at least in Cleveland. And as often happens when someone goes from unknown to media darling in so short a time, in the days since he was first on TV we’ve found out some unsavory details from Charles Ramsey’s past.

It turns out that Ramsey was convicted of domestic violence more than 10 years ago. But if we were to try to deny him credit for his recent good deeds on that basis, we’d be committing an ad hominem fallacy, attacking the person rather than the argument.

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Daylight Savings Shows the Value of an Hour in LSAT Prep

If you haven’t noticed, your cell phone and microwave may be displaying different times. That’s because Daylight Savings was this weekend. With spring officially on the way, that means daylight lasts longer, snow starts melting, and life in general starts feeling just a little less terrible.

With it will bring barbecues, day drinking in the park, bike rides, beach trips, and other such wonderment. Unless you’re studying for the June LSAT, in which case you’ll be seeing a lot more LSAT logic games than sunny afternoons.

But if you spend the spring fastidiously preparing for the June LSAT, you can spend the summer as a free man (or woman).

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A Look at the LSAT Flaws in the Oscar Pistorius Case

As those of you who have been following it know, the Oscar Pistorius case has been pretty crazy. A few weeks ago the South African Paralympian fired rounds through a closed door, killing his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius maintains he thought she was an intruder, while the prosecution is claiming that it was a crime of passion. No one can say for certain at this point, but using LSAT logic we can deconstruct some of the claims that are being thrown around. Claims such as:

There have been allegations of abuse prior to this; he therefore killed Steenkamp purposefully. – Just because he was abusive before doesn’t actually prove that he murdered her. Does it make it more likely? Maybe. But just because something is more likely, that doesn’t show that it’s definite. Relevant data can strengthen a claim, but that doesn’t imply sufficiency to know that that claim is in fact certain.

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Tackle These 8 Manti Te’o Hoax LSAT Flaws

There are two main interpretations of the Manti Te’o hoax. The first is that he was involved in it all along, creating a sob story to drive national attention and a Heisman Trophy bid. The second is that he fell for one of the longest cons of all time.

I’ve long been in the latter camp, mainly because, as a Boston College alum, I prefer to think of Notre Dame students as idiots rather than fraudsters. After all, you can wake up one morning and stop committing fraud, but…

So here is a long list of LSAT flaws committed by Manti Te’o during his multi-year relationship with a figment. Some are apt, some are a stretch, but the important thing is they all belittle Notre Dame.

Manti Te’o Hoax LSAT Flaw I: Equivocation

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Cycle Through Some Lance Armstrong LSAT Flaws

Last week, professional cyclist and hall-of-fame liar Lance Armstrong surprised no one when he admitted to longstanding doping allegations during an interview with a sleeping Oprah Winfrey. What’s to be gained from all this? Well, aside from a healthy dose of schadenfreude, the whole ordeal highlights some commonly-found LSAT flaws. You may have seen the following arguments bandied about in the last few days…

Lance Armstrong wasn’t very forthcoming; he therefore must have even more to hide.

Alright, let’s be honest – that was one of the most softball interviews in recent memory, and Lance didn’t give out much more than broad, sweeping confessions. Does that make it seem like there’s even more lurid details that he’s trying to gloss over? Sure. But it doesn’t have to be the case.

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Logical Reasonings / 11.16.12

A) The election is over (though Florida might still be counting votes). Here are the top LSAT flaws uttered during the campaigns. The Record.

B) Good news from the legal job market: Pay is up for in-house lawyers. Wall Street Journal.

C) On July 21, 1991, this house was legally declared haunted. A day later, the Addams Family moved in. Houston Chronicle.

D) Farewell, Twinkies. You were disgustingly delicious. ABC News

E) Good to see journalists tackling such hard-hitting issues as, “Should cats skydive?” CNN.

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Logical Reasonings / 9.28.12

A) Perplexed by LSAT flaws? Allow this guest writeup of ours to clear things up. Above the Law.

B) A former bank robber is attending the University of Washington School of Law. Potential bank robbers are everywhere else. Seattle Times.

C) We had a state named Scott. Repeat: We had a state named Scott. Mental Floss.

D) The Mars rover is doing work. Discovery News.

E) The “World’s Best Dad” title has finally found its rightful owner. Huffington Post.

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LSAT Flaws I Experienced on My European Vacation

I recently got back from a three-week European vacation, a trip filled with magic and wonderment and standoffish northern Europeans. It’s a land of picturesque fjords, rugged alps, and an abundance of LSAT logical fallacies.

LSAT logical fallacies such as…

Flying on Ryanair – A Composition LSAT Fallacy

Have you ever flown on Ryanair? It’s the Greyhound of the skies, but without the friendly charm. You get a millimeter of legroom, no free food or drinks, and a crew that consists entirely of surly Eastern European teenagers. Ryanair makes United look like Emirates. How do they get away with treating you like human waste? Well, their fares are incredibly cheap; I flew from Dublin to Oslo on Ryanair, an 800-mile trip, for a mere $14. Sounds amazingly inexpensive, right?

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Spend the Holiday with Some Presidential LSAT Flaws

It’s Presidents’ Day, which means a day off for the lucky ones among us. Since our business here at Blueprint is the LSAT, it’s also the perfect time to look at some President-related logical fallacies. The official federal holiday is in honor of George Washington’s birthday, but we’ll take a broader look.

Equivocation: Bill Clinton, our 42nd President, famously said, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” Now that we know many of the details of his affair with one Monica Lewinsky, it would be easy to call this statement a fantastic lie. We could also say that President Clinton was simply doing what an LSAT flaw question answer choice might call equivocating with respect to a key term.

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Finding LSAT Flaws in Real Wife

Being both an LSAT instructor and a married man can be pretty hard. Trying to use logic with a woman is already hard enough, but a married woman? Think there’ll be fallacies? Brother, you don’t know the half of it.

Take last Friday night. So I’m out with Mike at the bar, and I get home pretty late. So what? I work hard. I deserve a beer or two. Anyway, Deborah’s waiting up, going on and on about missing dinner or some garbage. And as if that wasn’t enough, she starts saying that I’m drunk. Classic temporal fallacy. Sure, I was at the bar, and sure, I maybe had a couple pitchers, but that was at the bar. Just because I was drunk then doesn’t mean I was drunk when I got home. What’s true about the past doesn’t have to be true of the future. And besides, if I were drunk, would I be able to drive myself home? That shut Deborah up.