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The 6 Elements for Making Efficient Decisions by Harry Browne (Part 2)

by Griffyn

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Here is a little diddy by Harry Browne about decision making, part 2.  Read Part 1 HERE.  This post comes from his audio program called, Rule Your World!

The 6 Elements for Making Efficient Decisions, Part 2

Here then are the six elements in the decision, and by separating these elements into the three major areas, we can identify the three parts. But the six areas are reward, reality, control, unknowns, price, and vulnerability. And the three areas that are involved then are number one –

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The 6 Elements for Making Efficient Decisions by Harry Browne (Part 1)

by Griffyn

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Here is a little diddy by Harry Browne about decision making, part 1.  It comes from his audio program called, Rule Your World!

The 6 Elements for Making Efficient Decisions

Element #1: The Reward

The First element being the reward, what is it I’m expecting to get out of all this?

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FALLACY FRIDAY: Special Pleading (Stacking The Deck)

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In a quest to to use more logic and critical thinking, I thought I’d start studying logical fallacies.  I’m going to study one a week and I thought I’d start with the one I get the most.  Since I’ve started learning about them I’ve seem about 20 or so used in nearly every argument I’ve been in since.  I probably do this all the time, as I’m still learning how to argue correct and use logic..

Special Pleading (Stacking The Deck):

Using the arguments that support your position, but ignoring or somehow disallowing the arguments against.

This is a subtle fallacy which is often difficult to recognize. In essence, it is the arbitrary introduction of new elements into an argument in order to fix them so that they appear valid. A good example of this is the ad-hoc dismissal of negative test results. For example, one might point out that ESP has never been demonstrated under adequate test conditions, therefore ESP is not a genuine phenomenon. Defenders of ESP have attempted to counter this argument by introducing the arbitrary premise that ESP does not work in the presence of skeptics. This fallacy is often taken to ridiculous extremes, and more and more bizarre ad hoc elements are added to explain experimental failures or logical inconsistencies.

Uri Geller used special pleading when he claimed that the presence of unbelievers (such as stage magicians) made him unable to demonstrate his psychic powers.

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Why You Are Not Free, Ch. 14: The Certainty Trap

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All right, it’s time to move on to chapter fourteen of the book, “How I found freedom in an unfree world” by Harry Browne

Harry is going to talk about the myth of certainty.

I will simply be adding the parts of the book that I highlighted.

By no means is this the entire book or even the best way to sum up each chapter, it’s just what I highlighted so that I could review the book quickly later.

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Why You Are Not Free, Ch. 13: The Box Trap

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All right, it’s time to move on to chapter thirteen of the book, “How I found freedom in an unfree world” by Harry Browne

Harry is going to talk about the myth that it will cost you too much to leave a bad situation.

I will simply be adding the parts of the book that I highlighted.

By no means is this the entire book or even the best way to sum up each chapter, it’s just what I highlighted so that I could review the book quickly later.

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FALLACY FRIDAY: Ad Ignorantiam

by Griffyn

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In a quest to to use more logic and critical thinking, I thought I’d start studying logical fallacies.  I’m going to study one a week and I thought I’d start with the one I get the most.  Since I’ve started learning about them I’ve seem about 20 or so used in nearly every argument I’ve been in since.  I probably do this all the time, as I’m still learning how to argue correct and use logic..

Ad ignorantiam:

The argument from ignorance basically states that a specific belief is true because we don’t know that it isn’t true. Defenders of extrasensory perception, for example, will often overemphasize how much we do not know about the human brain. It is therefore possible, they argue, that the brain may be capable of transmitting signals at a distance.

UFO proponents are probably the most frequent violators of this fallacy. Almost all UFO eyewitness evidence is ultimately an argument from ignorance – lights or objects sighted in the sky are unknown, and therefore they are alien spacecraft.

Intelligent design is almost entirely based upon this fallacy. The core argument for intelligent design is that there are biological structures that have not been fully explained by evolution, therefore a powerful intelligent designer must have created them.

In order to make a positive claim, however, positive evidence for the specific claim must be presented. The absence of another explanation only means that we do not know – it doesn’t mean we get to make up a specific explanation.

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Why You Are Not Free, Ch. 12: The Previous-Investment Trap

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All right, it’s time to move on to chapter twelve of the book, “How I found freedom in an unfree world” by Harry Browne

Harry is going to talk about the myth that you must consider past expenditure of resources before making a decision now.

I will simply be adding the parts of the book that I highlighted.

By no means is this the entire book or even the best way to sum up each chapter, it’s just what I highlighted so that I could review the book quickly later.

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An Introduction to Philosophy Part 4 – Truth (2 of 4) by Stefan Molyneux

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Here we go, continuing on, back into the ever exciting world of philosophy.  So far, Stefan Molyneux has talked about some general principles of philosophy, then he talked about metaphysics and the three categories within metaphysics of the nature of reality.  Now we get to dive into TRUTH!

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FALLACY FRIDAY: Straw Man

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In a quest to to use more logic and critical thinking, I thought I’d start studying logical fallacies.  I’m going to study one a week and I thought I’d start with the one I get the most.  Since I’ve started learning about them I’ve seem about 20 or so used in nearly every argument I’ve been in since.  I probably do this all the time, as I’m still learning how to argue correct and use logic..

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Why You Are Not Free, Ch. 11: The Burning-IssuesTrap

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All right, it’s time to move on to the eleventh chapter of the book, “How I found freedom in an unfree world” by Harry Browne

Harry is going to talk about the myth that you must be fix social issues before you can be free.

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An Introduction to Philosophy Part 4 – Truth (1 of 4) by Stefan Molyneux

by Griffyn

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Here we go, continuing on, back into the ever exciting world of philosophy.  So far, Stefan Molyneux has talked about some general principles of philosophy, then he talked about metaphysics and the three categories within metaphysics of the nature of reality.  Now we get to dive into TRUTH!

Jump!

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FALLACY FRIDAY: Ad Hominem

by Griffyn

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In a quest to to use more logic and critical thinking, I thought I’d start studying logical fallacies.  I’m going to study one a week and I thought I’d start with the one I get the most.  Since I’ve started learning about them I’ve seem about 20 or so used in nearly every argument I’ve been in since.  I’ve used this on occasion as well, I’m sorry to say.

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