His contributions and legacy are reflected in the values of the company he built and the leadership he provided to the industry he loved. President and CEO Patrick Sheehan reflects on Don’s legacy. “It would be […]
On this day in 1997 this website was started as a GeoCities site. Wonder what the web was like back then? This video is a nice quick summary of that time, both this site and the net have come a long way–for better and worse–since that time. (It also explains what it meant to be a GeoCities site, too.)
Readers of this blog will know that my family goes back a long way visiting the Bahamas in general and the Abaco Islands in particular. We had some exciting times, almost sending our ship to the bottom and riding out a storm. This beautiful paradise, which looked like this when we visited: Now looks like […]
The Argument from Authority is often misunderstood to be a fallacy in all cases, when this is not necessarily so. The argument becomes a fallacy only when used deductively, or where there is insufficient inductive strength to support the conclusion of the argument.
The most general form of the deductive fallacy is:
Premise 1: Source A says that statement p is true. Premise 2: Source A is authoritative. Conclusion: Therefore, statement p is true.
Even when the source is authoritative, this argument is still deductively invalid because the premises can be true, and the conclusion false (i.e. an authoritative claim can turn out to be false). This fallacy is known as ‘Appeal to Authority’.