TMU #8: TMU Webinar

Students and I review the month's lessons and discuss applications

Our second webinar will not take place in order to celebrate the Christmas holiday. Let me instead take the time to review December’s unit on “Logic.”

In review…

  • Video 5: The Logical Syllogism
    • The antiquity of logical thinking.
    • How logic makes you internally stronger.
    • Why logic is seldom persuasive alone.
    • A quick review of the three steps to flowing.
    • The Jeub-original definition of “logic” and the logical syllogism.
    • The structure of the syllogism.
    • The 1st of two questions to ask of every syllogism you encounter.
    • Introduction to “confirmation bias” and “non-sequitur” fallacy.
  • Video 6: The Second Question
    • A review of last week’s logical assumptions.
    • Review of the definition of logic.
    • Understanding the major, minor premises and the conclusion.
    • Reminder of the first question: “Are the premises VALID?”
    • The introduction of the 2nd question to ask of every syllogism.
    • Recent news from CNN that needed to be retracted because of the faultiness of the syllogism.
    • Recognition of agenda-driven and truth-seeking persuaders (and which to aspire toward).
  • Video 7: Logical Fallacies
    • A review of the logical syllogism, the structure of the building blocks of persuasion.
    • Review of the major, minor premises and the conclusion, and the questions we ask to understand them.
    • Differences between formal and informal fallacies.
    • How to watch for fallacies in the news, when something doesn’t make sense.
    • Geisler’s and Brook’s opinion of what “fallacies” are.
    • Nine (9) popular fallacies broken into three (3) categories: Attack Fallacies, Appeal Fallacies and Diversion Fallacies.
    • Examples in the daily news (specifically from WSJ and the Colorado Springs Gazette) of fallacies.

Next Month: We will be delving into REALITY and how it is shaped in the world of persuasion. TMU #9 releases Tuesday, January 1.