Episode 59: Sheeplock and Dachson in “A Bad Day at the Wine Fair”

Episode 59: Sheeplock and Dachson in “A Bad Day at the Wine Fair”

Can you prove this post is wrong? i hope so because that is exactly the point. Today we look at falsifiability, an important tool in your critical thinking toolset that can help you determine the validity of a statement. Plus Sheeplock and Dachson do a little wine tasting.

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Episode 57: Sheeplock and Dachson in “A Simple Drink”

Episode 57: Sheeplock and Dachson in “A Simple Drink”

Sheeplock and Dachson head to the local watering hole and get pulled into an argument about bumper sticker knowledge. What’s this? It’s when complex concept is condensed into a sentence that fits on a bumper sticker. Read on to find about their adventure today and learn more about this critical thinking concept.

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Episode 54: Sheeplock and Dachson in “An Unlikely Coincidence”

Episode 54: Sheeplock and Dachson in “An Unlikely Coincidence”

Our intrepid duo is called to help decide where to rebuild a bar and in due course they encounter coincidences, retroactive causation and the wrong interpretation of odds. Read on for their full adventure and a deeper dive into these critical thinking concepts.

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Episode 50: Sheeplock and Dachson in “A Champagne Deduction”

Episode 50: Sheeplock and Dachson in “A Champagne Deduction”

Deductive reasoning is when you move from true premises to a valid conclusion. Sheeplock and Dachson demonstrate this by solving a mystery and then moving from sober to drunk. Read on to see how our intrepid duo solves their next case and then learn all about deductive reasoning.

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Episode 49: Sheeplock and Dachson in “An abducted waterer”

Episode 49: Sheeplock and Dachson in “An abducted waterer”

There are 3 types of reasoning: inductive, abductive and deductive. Many people think they are using deduction when actually it’s abduction. Today our new protagonists, Sheeplock and Dachson learn about abductive reasoning as they solve a watery mystery.

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Episode 42: Least Plausible and Far Fetched Hypotheses

How crazy should an idea be before we consider it true? Well, in today’s article we’ll find out as we look at the Least Plausible and Far-Fetched Hypotheses. We keep it light today with some fun examples and even a quick trip to the home store.

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Episode 36: All Clogged Up

It’s gutter cleaning time when I get all the leaves and stuff out so rain and snow don’t clog up. Speaking of clogs, we get pretty bound up with old false facts, bad news articles and everyone we know spreading it all around. We can help stop this by teaching and helping to correct the wrong items.

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Episode 35: Way More Than 50 Shades of Grey

It’s the holidays, time for us to come together, feast and enjoy time with our families and friends. Sometimes it doesn’t go that way as we meet a lot of extreme black and white positions around the dinner table. We’re critical thinkers, we can do more than just consider black and white positions. Read on to see how we can use our skills to step ourtide ourselves, understand others and celebrate the holidays.

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Episode 28: Itchy Mosquitoes

Episode 28: Itchy Mosquitoes

I’ll bet you hear quotes every day. You know what, some of them probably aren’t correct. Let’s see why they can be wrong, what to look for and how to spot them. Along they way we’ll stop for some wine too.

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Wading Into Change

Just as a single stone only creates a few ripples, a single change might not have much impact. But we often see such activities made to look as if they are much larger. How often have you heard a person say one thing that is supposed to wipe clean the rest of their history? We’ll look at this phenomenon in this post while we enjoy a relaxing bit of wading in a nearby stream.

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We’re missing something here

Ah control groups, those things you might have heard discussed and always wondered what they were. Turns out they are pretty important. If a test is done, you want to know someone tested both for the effect and not for the effect, odd as that sounds. Control groups help us see if the item or method actually produced the result. Gather your sheep, it’s a fun one.

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Some percentage of this is wrong

This isn’t a dieting blog but nonetheless we have to pay attention to our baselines. Baselines are important to tell us where our calculations and numbers started at. If they move around it makes the numbers hard to understand, or easy to misinterpret. This is a bad post if you’re hungry due to the prominence of hamburgers.

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Pedantry is dumb, but still useful

Pedantry. It’s something we generally want to dislike, but can it help us? What is pedantry anyway? If you’ve had someone tell you the wrong word was used in a given situation you might have met a pedant. But it’s not all bad. Clear thought is useful in some situations. Coffee lovers will like this post.

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