Tag: Arguments

Sample Sizes and Statistical Significance

Some dude said I didn’t know what I was talking about because, in his world, a small sample size with a statistical significance only gets more statistically significant if the sample size increases. He’s also an antivaxxer, so…

How Can You Argue With Logic Like That?

I made the mistake the other day of engaging someone on Facebook about arming teachers. She argued for the arming of schoolteachers because… Well, see her rationale: “My question to you is why do we guard money insured by the fdic with guns and not our children? Our politicians (even anti gun ones) are guarded by personnel with guns. Why…

The Parent Ren, Part II: Patience

A friend of mine pointed out to me that I had written a blog post referencing “The Child” back in 2012. In fact, my wife and I talked about The Child as far back as I can remember being with her. (That’s something I didn’t do with other girlfriends, by the way.) We started off joking about what a “weirdo”…

Just curious…

Have you ever noticed how many people start off arguments with “Just curious…?” or “I’m just asking questions!” This is known as “Just Asking Questions,” a way to derail a conversation, especially if you know you’re on the losing side of an argument. For example, this… Both are from the same author. The first is her original “Just curious” set…

The people who just want to be adversarial

As I was growing up, I had a cousin who was born a couple of weeks after I was. Our relationship was a good one growing up, but I noticed something about him early on. He was always being adversarial towards me, and the worst example came at the most inopportune time. We were at a military checkpoint in Mexico…

Internecine family fights

Reading about a woman suing her 8-year-old nephew made me think of the inter-familial fights that I’ve witnessed. Some of those fights were brutal. You would think that those fighting each other were not related by blood. And it made me sad for the future if my wife and I have a child.