“Undecideds could go one way or another”

I am reading Julian Baggini’s “The Duck That Won the Lottery: and 99 Other Bad Arguments“, in which the ingenious philosopher tackles argustinkers. Here’s one: I picked a paper duck at a Chinese restaurant and won the lottery, obviousely the duck won the lottery for me (‘post hoc fallacies’, p.79.) Politicians are a wonderful source of bad arguments, such as Tony Blair’s warped reasoning that if the UK stops selling arms – someone else would (p.10). GW Bush’s (more of him later) post 9/11 assertion that “You are either with us, or you are with the terrorists” is – according to Baggini – a false dichotomy (‘either you love George – or you hate Bin Laden’. p.125), what’s here to choose, really? Continue reading ““Undecideds could go one way or another””