Galileo Fallacy – FT#9

Galileo Fallacy – FT#9

Show Notes

When someone claims that the fact that everyone is called them crazy means they must be right, because ‘they called Galileo crazy’ (or some other person who was historically dismissed then turned out to be right), they are committing a fallacy.  They are forgetting that the vast majority of people in history who were called crazy weren’t misunderstood geniuses, they were, in fact, crazy.

The examples used in this episode will be coming soon.

Here are the links to the stories we talked about

Criticism is not a logical fallacy:


And finally, some things we really didn’t have time to talk about:


    • Toad from Mario Kart trended on Twitter this week, and when people found out it was because Stormy Daniels used the character in describing Trump’s penis in her new book, the world ran out of bleach as people tried to clean the image from their mind’s eye.
    • Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was accused of a sexual assault that happened back when he was in high school, and Republicans immediately started saying it didn’t happen, and if it did happen it wasn’t that bad, and it was a long time ago, anyway.  They then produced a letter signed by 65 women who claimed to know Kavanaugh in high school, who said he never tried to rape them. Incidentally, this makes Kavanaugh the only person to ever have attended an all boys catholic school who also knew 65 girls.
    • Former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort has pleaded guilty to charges of obstruction of justice and conspiracy against the United States as well as the ten counts that the Virginia jury were unable to reach a verdict on last month. His plea deal has him agreeing to cooperate with the Special Counsel’s investigation, as well as forfeiting millions of dollars of ill-gotten cash and properties, which will more than cover the cost of Mueller’s entire investigation.  I wonder how many prosecutor hours an ostrich-skin jacket would pay for.
    • Later that day Rudi Giuliani released a statement saying “Once again an investigation has concluded with a plea having nothing to do with President Trump or the Trump campaign. The reason: the President did nothing wrong and Paul Manafort will tell the truth”  Minutes later, he realised they’ll probably want to call Manafort a liar pretty soon, so he reissued the statement having removed the bit that said “Paul Manafort will tell the truth”
    • September 11th is the most solemn day in the US calendar, but unfortunately, you basically elected Pauly Shore Commander in Chief, so you only have yourself to blame that the President tweeted this:

The words of a true statesman.  Just for the sake of comparison, here’s the tweet Barack Obama sent on this year’s anniversary:

    • Seems that Ted Cruz is getting a bit worried about how much more campaign money Beto O’Rourke has raised in the Texas midterm race, so Cruz’s campaign has resorted to sending out donation request letters disguised as a court summons to make sure people actually open them.  Depending on who you ask, this might be illegal.  It’s also exactly the kind of thing we’d expect from a guy who’s so slimy it looks like a blobfish and Grandpa Munster had a child. And the child was a bag of lettuce that you forgot about in the back of the fridge.
    • Trump inexplicably decided to mock a mistake Obama made ten years ago, tweeting:

Really Donald?  Was it ‘story of the year’ when you said 7/11 instead of 9/11 or invented the country of Nambia or claimed you met with the president of the US virgin islands?  Even when you said “would” instead of “wouldn’t” it wasn’t story of the year, because you do terrible things every day.

  • And one of those terrible things might be – let’s face it, it almost certainly is – using the n-word on tape.  Tom Arnold claimed this week that he has passed embarrassing behind-the-scenes tapes of Trump from The Apprentice to Ronan Farrow of The New Yorker.  The fact that Arnold is currently publicising his new tv show, ‘The Hunt For The Trump Tapes’ is purely coincidental.


Jim Cliff

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