1,560 days ago (but who’s counting?) I wrote another “Circular Reasoning” post.
Because many of my recent photos include circles, I’ve circled back to that title.
As I look around that previous post, there’s no definition of circular reasoning.
circulus in demonstrando
(also known as: paradoxical thinking, circular argument, circular cause and consequence, reasoning in a circle)
Description: A type of reasoning in which the proposition is supported by the premises, which is supported by the proposition, creating a circle in reasoning where no useful information is being shared. This fallacy is often quite humorous.
X is true because of Y.
Y is true because of X.
Pvt. Joe Bowers: What are these electrolytes? Do you even know?
Secretary of State: They’re… what they use to make Brawndo!
Pvt. Joe Bowers: But why do they use them to make Brawndo?
Secretary of Defense: [raises hand after a pause] Because Brawndo’s got electrolytes.
Explanation: This example is from a favorite movie of mine, Idiocracy, where Pvt. Joe Bowers (played by Luke Wilson) is dealing with a bunch of not-very-smart guys from the future. Joe is not getting any useful information about electrolytes, no matter how hard he tries.
Exception: Some philosophies state that we can never escape circular reasoning because the arguments always come back to axioms or first principles, but in those cases, the circles are very large and do manage to share useful information in determining the truth of the proposition.
Tip: Do your best to avoid circular arguments, as it will help you reason better because better reasoning is often a result of avoiding circular arguments.
If you circle over to logicallyfallacious,com, you’ll find that explanation of “Circular Reasoning.”
Have you noticed any circular reasoning from not-very-smart-guys in our present?
Do your best to see circles in my photos because seeing circles in my photos will help you do your best.
OOOO! I get to share one of my favorite circle tunes: Pat Metheny’s “First Circle.”
I’ll circle back later and see if there are any circular comments.
Circular thanks to all who helped me create today’s “Circular Reasoning” post and — of course! — toooooo yoooooooou!