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THE ILLUSORY TRUTH EFFECT

THE ILLUSORY TRUTH EFFECT

The Illusory Truth Effect is a principal of psychology regarding the fact that when something is repeated often enough, people will believe it’s true even if it is untrue. The Illusory Truth Effect was first identified in 1977 by scientists from Villanova University and Temple University. Since then it has been replicated in many more studies. We know repetition is used everywhere – advertising, politics and the media. We see ads for the same products over and over again. We…

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GEORGE CARLIN’S “SEVEN DIRTY WORDS” & JUDGES BANNING THE USE OF SPECIFIC WORDS IN TRIAL

GEORGE CARLIN’S “SEVEN DIRTY WORDS” & JUDGES BANNING THE USE OF SPECIFIC WORDS IN TRIAL

During one of Comedian Lenny Bruce’s performances in 1966 he was arrested for saying words which were deemed public profanity. They included words like “ass, piss, shit, and balls” In 1972 George Carlin released an album entitled Class Clown which had a track based on Bruce’s use of the words called “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television” and made fun of a law that prohibited their use on television. In 1973 a New York radio station played Carlin’s…

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WHATEVER HAPPENED TO LOGICAL REASONING?

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO LOGICAL REASONING?

When I was a college student at St. Martins University in Olympia many years ago I took a course in logic. The course explored common devices used in argument that are invalid and constitute logical fallacies. The recent headlines regarding President Donald Trump’s telephone call to the president of the Ukraine brings this to mind. Without taking sides let’s use this as an example of what is and is not logical reasoning. I’m going to use the Republican supporters of…

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