ARSENIO’S ESL PODCAST | SEASON 5 EPISODE 152 | CRITICAL THINKING | PERSONAL INCREDULITY

So, let’s talk about this fallacy. This occurs when people find something difficult to understand. In this situation, people say that the thing they cannot understand must be untrue or not the case, because they personally are unable to understand it. the basic idea is as follows:

  • I cannot believe X or imagine how it could be true, therefore X must be false.

The fallacy can also work in the other direction.

  • I cannot believe X is false, so it must be true.

Read the extracts from the discussion. What does each person believe or not believe? What reason does the person give?

  1. Why change something that’s working perfectly well for some system that’s too complicated to even understand. Am I alone in thinking that this is just change for change’s sake?
  2. You know as well as I do that clients want to meet face to face, to feel that someone actually cares about them! I don’t believe they’ll want to give that up. Online meetings just don’t work.
  3. When I’ve been in online meetings, there are always technical problems — I can see the client, but they can’t see me, that kind of thing. It just never works like it’s supposed to!
  4. That’s absolutely right, Rashid! How can we guarantee security if everything is going online? And i have all my files. I’ve spent the last two years improving my paper-based systems.
  5. I have my doubts. We read about security breaches at the highest government level almost every day….so, how are we going to protect ourselves? It will be impossible.
  6. How can we do our work on a tablet? They’re good for simple tasks and some fun — I know, my children use one at home — but they simply aren’t designed for sophisticated work!
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