COVID Update – Nov. 20

I published my last COVID update slightly over two months ago. In the interim, I was working on a series examining conspiracy theories and the logical fallacies that make them possible. The 11 articles that make up that study are all on zorgi.me. In September, cases were decreasing in California. San Diego, LA, and Orange

9 ways to find reality in a post-truth world

[ This is post #11 in the series, “Finding reality in a post truth world.” ] Millions upon millions of people have latched onto a dangerous version of “alternate reality,” wherein they believe that Donald Trump actually won the 2020 election. Before we get on our high horse and condemn or ridicule them, we need

Cognitive Fallacies, Part 2

[ This is post #10 in the series, “Finding reality in a post truth world.” ] This second part on cognitive fallacies will cover another four of the most important cognitive fallacies described in The Skeptics’ Guide, by Dr. Steven Novella. Dunning-Kruger Effect I described this in the post about conspiracy theories, so I won’t

Information Networks

[ This is post #8 in the series, “Finding reality in a post truth world.” ] Two definitions: dilettante (plural dilettanti or dilettantes) An amateur, someone who dabbles in a field out of casual interest rather than as a profession or serious interest. (sometimes offensive) A person with a general but superficial interest in any art or a branch of knowledge. amateur (plural amateurs) (now rare) A lover of something. quotations  A person