30 September, 2016
This month as a bonus we’ve given you an extra ten pre-loved code-type puzzles to solve (see left)
You’ll find the answers HERE
The October 2016 Skeptical Crossword Puzzle is called Logical Fallacies # 5.
Here are the links to our previous Logical Fallacies crossword puzzles:
Logical Fallacies Crossword 1
Logical Fallacies Crossword 2
Logical Fallacies Crossword 3
Logical Fallacies Crossword 4
There’s also the October 2016 Logic & Maths Problems
and new sets of Picture Puzzles and “Mixed Bag” questions, which are at the top of the PUZZLES PAGE
21 April, 2016
This article first appeared as a Vic Skeptics discussion pamphlet.
The full range of our discussion pamphlets (and a lot more) can be downloaded from our USEFUL INFO page.
A Skeptic’s Guide to
by Peter Barrett, Canberra Skeptics (2016 edit by Ken Greatorex)
Test 1: Is the argument factually correct?
It’s remarkable how many conspiracy theories are based on arguments which are simply factually incorrect. If you’re presented with a conspiracy theory argument, check the facts.
[Sites such as
are useful here.]
Many incorrect arguments are repeated in ignorance. But there are also some people who knowingly repeat conspiracy arguments they know are wrong. Read the rest of this entry »
1 February, 2015
The FEBRUARY 2015 SKEPTICAL CROSSWORD is our fourth crossword to take Logical Fallacies as its theme. Here are the earlier ones:
LOGICAL FALLACIES CROSSWORD 1
LOGICAL FALLACIES CROSSWORD 2
LOGICAL FALLACIES CROSSWORD 3
There’s a set of FEBRUARY 2015 LOGIC & MATHS PROBLEMS
Fresh Picture Puzzles and Mixed Bag Questions have been posted to the top of the PUZZLES PAGE.
30 September, 2013
New Picture Puzzles and “Mixed Bag” Questions are in place on our PUZZLES PAGE.
This month’s CROSSWORD PUZZLE is the third in our series on the Logical Fallacies theme.
And as always, there’s a set of MATHS & LOGIC PROBLEMS
31 August, 2013
Our Puzzles for September 2013 have been posted.
- There are the usual seven Picture Puzzles, each of which decodes to a word, phrase, song title, book, or film.
- The “Mixed Bag” Questions have an added feature. After the usual ten questions, we’ve added twenty “next level” questions. These are, depending on your point of view, interesting, difficult, informative, quirky or totally unfair. A score of one out of twenty could be considered surprisingly good! The Picture Puzzles and Mixed Bag Questions have pride of place on our PUZZLES PAGE.
- Our Skeptical Crossword is the second of three on the the theme of Logical Fallacies. It can be found HERE. Logical Fallacies Crossword (1) was posted back in July 2012 and can be found HERE. We expect Locial Fallacies Crossword (3) to follow next month.
- The Logic & Maths Problems can be found HERE
19 June, 2013
Tim Harding is a frequent speaker and contributor to Victorian Skeptics and similar groups. This is his new blog about one of his favourite topics, Logical Fallacies.
- Argumentum Ad Populum (’Argument from Popularity’)
- Two twin fallacies
- The Faulty Generalisation Fallacy
- Begging the Question Fallacy
- Rationality and truth
26 May, 2013
In early 2012 a series of short videos on the topic of critical thinking was released.
The group that produced them have created more. I think these are videos are superb; short, to the point, quirky and ideal for anyone wanting to quickly understand the scientific method and critical thinking including fallacies. I’ve linked to all of them below.
The scriptwriter is science communicator and author Mike McRae, well known for his book Tribal Science.
Surprisingly, the videos were funded by the Australian Government. The narrator is James Hutson and they’re produced by Bridge8.
More videos after the fold.
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