Recently I had the opportunity to attend a lecture on logic by the brilliant Michael Eatmon. Mr. Eatmon is an educator out of Florida, an engaging speaker, and all around dynamic human being. While I was listening to him espouse the importance of logical thinking, I could feel my fingers itch for the keyboard so I could share with you the importance of using logic in our political debates.
Logic, Mr. Eatmon asserts, is not merely an abstract concept, but something that has tremendous practical application. Essentially, it is the process of thinking about thinking, or at the risk of sounding like a hipster – metacognition.
In order use logic effectively and persuasively, we must first understand what logic is. The first law of logic is theLaw of Identity, which states that an object is the same as itself. An apple is an apple, an orange is an orange, and so forth. The second law of logic is the Law of Noncontradiction, which is the notion that an object cannot be itself and something else at the same time. A piece of fruit cannot be both an apple and an orange; it must be one or the other. Or a banana. But it cannot be two separate things at the same time in the same space.
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