Re: virus: The Trouble With Science
Wed, 6 Nov 1996 22:59:58 -0600 (CST)

On Mon, 4 Nov 1996, David McFadzean wrote:

> At 02:28 AM 28/08/70 +0000, David Leeper wrote:
> >Here's my take on this:
> >
> >Social Reasoning accepts the types of arguments that Logic rejects.
> >Examples: Personal attacks, appeals to power or charisma, democracy.
> In other words, social reasoning == illogical reasoning.

I *WISH*! Unfortunately, that isn't correct. There are "reasoning
methods" that are rejected by both social and logical reasoning. These
don't really get that much attention.

One of the more effective correlates [at least, for gross violations of
social reasoning] seems to be "plausibility", at least in a
statistically-normed sense.

/ Towards the conversion of data into information....
/ Kenneth Boyd