Archive for March, 2007

On the need for mu…

March 30, 2007

With a local election here in Anchorage next week, I find myself once again contemplating the lack of a simple yet appropriate response to loaded questions in the English language. Several times in my life, political phone surveys have asked me loaded yes-or-no questions, the most outstanding question being “Do you think local taxes are high enough.” A yes answer indicates acceptance of the current tax level, while a response of no is interpreted by the pollsters as support for a tax increase. There is no answer (at least no short one which the pollster will record) for those, like me, who believe the taxes should be lowered.
I really think public school should teach at least some basic logic: the number of logical fallacies I see used by people regularly is rather disheartening for the rational sort like me. It's this lack of understanding that likely allows such skewed and data-manipulating questioning as in the example above to go by unprotested.

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March 24, 2007

Hello to everyone out there. I'm beginning this journal as a means to share my admittedly unusual thoughts, ideas, and opinions with others. As my profile indicates, I'm 25 years old, male, and currently living in the town of my birth, Anchorage, Alaska. I attended the California Institute of Technology as a Physics major beginning in the fall of 2000, and graduated with my Bachelor's degree in 2005.

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