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The last year is also my Last Year and, given the letters I’ve been getting, many of you are concerned about my physical health from school, as well as the lack of posting.

Not to worry! In just a few short weeks, it’ll all be over, and then I can finally put up all the articles (some of you have been almost constantly reminding me of certain of these) and the scholarly comics I’ve been assembling during lectures and lunch and late-night study breaks.

One quick note for now: in Metaphysics last week, Dr. Key mentioned a logical fallacy that I had never heard before. He called it the “My dear boy” fallacy, which occurs when an argument is put forth as proof for one conclusion, but could just as easily have been used in defense of the opposite conclusion. That is to say, the argument could offer proof either way, and a second argument is therefore required to explain why the first argument supports the side of the speaker.

Apparently it was coined by a Cambridge professor who knew Dr. Key (or one of his colleagues, I’m not sure), as a summary of the phrase, “My dear boy, couldn’t that just as easily prove the opposite?” I’ll have to ask him who it was that coined the phrase, but when I heard it I remembered all of the times when it was applicable, and wondered that we never had a name for this most useful of fallacies!

Anyway, six more weeks or so and I’ll be catching up on a lot of posts, answering letters, and all that jazz.

See you then!


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