Category: Philosophy, Weekend

Please use the comments to demonstrate your own ignorance, unfamiliarity with empirical data and lack of respect for scientific knowledge. Be sure to create straw men and argue against things I have neither said nor implied. If you could repeat previously discredited memes or steer the conversation into irrelevant, off topic discussions, it would be appreciated. Lastly, kindly forgo all civility in your discourse . . . you are, after all, anonymous.


  1. W_Nelson says:

    FFS, Ritholtz — it’s all about civility until it isn’t?

    And since when did we “prove” with “insurmountable findings” that complex machinery can self assemble?


    BR: LOL

    Do you see anyone in this post with gun sites on people? That you even can imagine this is remotely similar Serious serious cognitive failure.

  2. freejack says:

    BR – speaking of magic tricks, have you had a chance to check this out yet?

    Looks like it’s right in your wheelhouse.

  3. How about:

    The federal debt is unsustainable.

    In other words: If I have big debts, I won’t be able to pay them. Same goes for the federal government.

    Rationalization: The federal government is just like me.

    Despite: The undisputed fact the federal government has the unlimited ability to create money to pay its bills.

    And: No federal check ever has bounced. Not even during the Great Depression.

    Their rebuttal: But printing money causes inflation.

    If it were true: We’d have massive inflation right now. The federal debt has increased 3600% in just the past 40 years. So where is the inflation?

    Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

  4. Bonzomad says:

    Wow… most of Barry’s stuff is pretty informative but this?

    “Ignorant’s Guide to Shit they Find Illogical”

    I meant the days quote in the top right is:
    “Seven habits that help produce the anything-but-efficient markets that rule the world 1. Think short term. 2. Be greedy. 3. Believe in the greater fool 4. Run with the herd. 5. Overgeneralize 6. Be trendy 7. Play with other people’s money.” -Paul Krugman, Fortune.

    This is #5…


    BR: I thought it was amusing

  5. Rodger,

    The game works until people stop taking the paper. The people of the world still seem content to take the paper. The paper of European countries….not so much

  6. drtomaso says:

    Complex machinery self assembling is a horrible metaphor for evolution – so horrible as to be a complete straw man. I’m open to be convinced however: find me two autonomous robotic screw-driving machines that “screwed” each other and produced a third, completely autonomous robotic screw-driving machine.

  7. byronmoore says:

    It is a curious and unique characteristic of our times that the use of critical humor when making an argument or claim tends to stifle rebuttal, perhaps for fear that the rebutter might appear humorless, brittle or (gasp!) uncool.

    This chart uses such critical humor as a crutch, as it lacks the otherwise necessary intellectual underpinnings to effectively make its point, which seems primarily aimed at the bottom row (belief in God).

    While whackos and kooks can be found anywhere, there is no historically or societally credible constituency for belief in magic, ghosts, spirits or psychic powers. Homeopathy might rank a bit higher, though not much.

    Belief in God, however, has been the dominant historical and philosophical viewpoint taken by mankind. While that alone does not make it right (As Mom always said, just because everyone else it doing it…), it’s dominance as a viewpoint certainly demands a respectable level of scrutiny and careful argument.

    When I saw this chart I thought, “Well, as a matter of fact, I do disagree with you and I don’t fear that I am a raving idiot. There is another way to look at it; and here are the obvious weaknesses in your viewpoint…”); or something like that.

    An excellent resource for an intellectually vigorous (yet open minded) defense of the traditional Christian faith is The Reason for God by Tim Keller. I commend it for your reading.