Mental Anti-Virus Card: a short list of the main fallacies to keep in your wallet or pocket.
Topics coming to this site (in the meantime, all of the essentials are in the links above):
· Classical education
· The Seven Liberal Arts (the trivium + the quadrivium).
· The True Definition of Liberal (Demonizing the word liberal is the key to hiding all thought.)
· Pythagorean, right-angled triangle (534)
· Five senses: sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell
· Letters: the philosopher’s stones
· Implicit vs. Explicit knowledge (it’s all in a name).
· Inductive (generalizing, building) vs. Deductive (start with what one knows)
· The Trivium: Grammar (Knowing), logic (understandng), rhetoric (wisdom) – the art of learning AND thinking.
· Grammar (Knowing): rule of definition or identification. The first step in a new exploration.
· Special grammar: the study of nouns, adjectives, verbs and all other forms of speech.
· General grammar: A study of the parts of speech – regardless of the language (research), the subject of a study. A method of organizing thoughts.
· logic (understanding) – possessing a critical mass of data with all contradictions removed (the elimination of contradiction).
· rhetoric (wisdom)
· Sentences – the foundation of a complete thought.
· Plato’s allegory of the cave
· Paradox – The law of duality
· Modes of thought: 1) mythopoeic, 2) philosophic, 3) scientific
· Burden of proof – fallacy from ignorance.
· Pedagogy: Dialectic vs. didactic/mimetic.
· Dialectics: internal dialectic, positive and negative (conversation)
· Dialectic teaching: the Socratic method
· Didactic: parrot teacher or text book. Use up to age 11.
· The School House
· Prussian Education
· Does the Trivium or “classical education” belong to Christianity or any other religion?
· Who Developed the Trivium?
· Aristotle – 10 categories from which you can form a subject and predicate.
· The Trivium’s foundation in pagan origins
· Sophism: 2 branches (Isocrates vs. Demosthenes).
· Demosthenes: 322 (Skull & Bones)
· Hegelian dialectic: Problem, reaction, solution (thesis, antithesis = synthesis) both sides of politics, a contradiction, only possible in politics, not reality.
· Logical fallacies – formal and informal
· Syllogisms – A deductive argument consisting only of categorical constituents. Aristotle’s discovery. (5 rules of validity)
· Quantity and quality
· Copula – the linking verb.
· Immediate inference – more than one premise. (minimum 3: Obversion, Conversion, Contraposition)
· The Sophists – Who’s attempting to make the trivium method “trivial”?
· Sophists – Why it’s not cool to be “sophisticated” any more.
· The Trivium Meme – One Mind at a Time.
· The Trivium – Can critical thinking save humanity? It may be our only chance.
· Golden proportion