This blog is dedicated to Ambrose Bierce. His enhancement of René Descartes’ logic describes, to me, the fundamental irony of any quest for certainty and truth. “Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum” (I think that I think, therefore, I think that I am.) No matter how much we think we know about anything, even the reality of our existence, there must always remain an element of uncertainty.
For the most part, an argument consists of three parts: facts, assumptions, and logic. Values are also a major part, but I personally include them under the unbrella of “assumptions.” In this blog, I will focus on applying reason to major issues and commenting on news and topical events with an eye toward exposing fallacious arguments and exploring the underlying values, assumptions, and facts that govern particular points of view.