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There’s a big difference in saying, “There’s a flaw in your argument, and it’s relevant for this reason,” and, “You are making a stupid error, and here are some Latin words to make you feel stupider.”
5 Common Argument Tactics That Need to Die

#5. Accusing Someone of Using a Logical Fallacy
Understanding logical fallacies is an important skill, because the human brain is a flawed machine notoriously bad at picking out mistakes. But — and this is important — it’s a passive trait. You can’t use your knowledge of logical fallacies to debate somebody, because whether or not someone is using a logical fallacy has little to do with whether or not they’re right. And if you don’t believe me, then you’re making a logical fallacy. Possibly even two of them.

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cracked:

There’s a big difference in saying, “There’s a flaw in your argument, and it’s relevant for this reason,” and, “You are making a stupid error, and here are some Latin words to make you feel stupider.”

5 Common Argument Tactics That Need to Die

#5. Accusing Someone of Using a Logical Fallacy

Understanding logical fallacies is an important skill, because the human brain is a flawed machine notoriously bad at picking out mistakes. But — and this is important — it’s a passive trait. You can’t use your knowledge of logical fallacies to debate somebody, because whether or not someone is using a logical fallacy has little to do with whether or not they’re right. And if you don’t believe me, then you’re making a logical fallacy. Possibly even two of them.

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—Andrew Scott

mypubliclands:

Check Out What Happened Last Week at the BLM: September 22-27, 2014

Announcements, Events and News

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency John Laird on Tuesday, Sept. 23, released an innovative landscape-level draft renewable energy and conservation plan covering more than 22 million acres in the California desert, marking a major milestone in federal and state efforts to cut carbon pollution, create jobs, develop clean domestic energy and conserve and protect ecological and cultural resources. The draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) is a landscape-scale blueprint that is the result of an extensive public participation process, which included collaboration among the BLM, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), California Energy Commission (CEC) and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and other stakeholders.  Read the press release. View the summary and California desert landscape photos on My Public Lands Tumblr.

As part of President Obama’s comprehensive Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy resources and cut carbon pollution, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell on Wednesday, Sept. 25, announced a new competitive leasing process by the BLM to help spur solar and wind energy development on public lands in the West. Read the press release.

On Thursday, Sept. 26, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and BLM Deputy Director Steve Ellis visited the BLM’s Lakeview District as part of their continued commitment to work with partners to restore and conserve the sagebrush landscape that is critical to the health of many species of wildlife, including the greater sage-grouse, as well as to traditional land uses and economic development. The support of private landowners is a key element in a joint effort by the federal government and western states to develop and implement a landscape-level conservation plan for the sage-grouse before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has to make a decision whether to propose the bird for Endangered Species Act protection in 2015. Read the press release. View photos from the visit and of the sagegrouse on My Public Lands Tumblr.

Social Media Highlights

The BLM last week celebrated National Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. As a part of NPLD, BLM Arizona and partners released three California condors at the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument.  The BLM shared event photos and activities on the following national social media accounts: My Public Lands Tumblr, My Public Lands Instagram, My Public Lands Flickr, and @BLMNational, @BLMCareers and @BLMDirector Twitter.

Last week on social media, the BLM shared “Home for 150 Years" - an article in My Public Lands Magazine, Summer 2014 by Chris Rose, BLM Nevada - in which Nevadans share some favorite memories of their first 150 years of statehood.  The My Public Lands Tumblr also featured the amazing winning photos from the Nevada 150 Photo Contest.

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medicalschool:

On September 15-16, 2012, a team of gynecological surgeons from the University of Gothenburg performed the world’s first mother-to daughter uterus transplantation, when two Swedish women received new wombs donated by their mothers. According to their release, the surgery resulted in no complications, and the donating mothers are up and walking. The first patient had her uterus removed in 1998 because of surgery for cervical cancer, while the second patient was born without a uterus. Prior to the procedure, each woman, both of whom are in their 30s, underwent IVF-treatments. So, assuming the procedure worked, these women might someday be able to give birth using the wombs in which they themselves were carried in.