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Bivalence and the Excluded Middle: True, False, or Neither?

Introduction Are you tall or not tall? You’re probably thinking, “It depends” or “It’s not exactly one or the other.” Tallness doesn’t seem to be something you either have or don’...

Alternative Explanations: Exploring Other Whys

Introduction  Think of the last time you were rejected for something—a scholarship, an internship, or a spot on a sports team. How did you explain it to yourself? Did you blame it...

Cacophony: Exploding Sounds

Introduction “Cock-a-doodle-do!”   Unless you love early mornings on farms, you probably don’t really enjoy hearing that phrase. In fact, the sound of the rooster is often used...

Ambiguity: That’s Not What I Meant

Have You Ever? Have you ever seen a person in a building with a dinosaur? Chances are, you’re baffled that I’d even ask that. After all, dinosaurs went extinct long before humans ...

Anthropomorphism: Human Traits for Non-Humans?

Have You Ever? Have you ever heard the fable of The Tortoise and the Hare? Do the characters from the story remind you of any people in your life? Please explain why. Here’s Why ...

Slippery Slope: Jumping From A to Z

Introduction Piera is firmly against legalizing marijuana. “After all,” she argues, “if we legalize marijuana, it follows that restrictions on other substances would also loosen. ...

Brevitas: Keep It Concise

Have You Ever? Have you ever heard the phrase “elevator pitch?” Imagine that you’re working at a company and you’ve come up with a great new idea. Before you can implement it thou...

Allusion: I Understood That Reference!

Introduction The group walked into their classroom as if it were Mordor. “Do you think we’ll be in the same group at least?” “If we’re going off pure odds, there’s a 30% cha...