Logic & Analysis, a course for home-schooled children
by Jon Rappoport
February 25, 2017
In the Information Age, a person has several choices.
He can give in and accept mainstream news as a valid picture of the world.
He can resort, instead, to some version of so-called alternative news and surrender to that without much thought.
Or he can become a true independent judge of any source of information, armed with the tools to analyze it sharply and clearly.
There are many herds of sheep, not just one. A strong individual doesn’t join any herd. But in order to stand up to efforts to enlist him as a card-carrying sheep, he needs the capacity to examine information with logic.
Every home school needs a logic course, in the same way that every home school needs to make sure children are literate.
These days, information is a flood. There is really no way to pick out the good information by merely relying on the reputation of the author of an article or internet post.
We are faced with an undifferentiated mass of material that would take years to digest—and still we wouldn’t be able to catch up.
A need for tools to evaluate information impressed itself on the society of ancient Greece, because Greece was trying, to a degree, to exist as an open Republic. Therefore, there were many new competing voices. In its own way, Greece experienced an unprecedented flood of information.
The solution? Set down principles and strategies for rational discourse. Try to distinguish between valid and invalid argument.
I use the word “argument” because, in Greece, a man who considered himself a thinker or a politician was fully aware of the fact that he was often challenging others who didn’t share his point of view.
This is well reflected in the most famous and revered of all Western philosophical works: the Dialogues of Plato. In these conversations, Plato displays his teacher, Socrates, engaging men of Athens in conversation about the meaning of Justice and Truth and The Good.
Socrates happily maneuvered his opponents into arguments that led to absurdities and contradictions—thus proving that these men were approaching vital issues in a naïve and shallow fashion.
Reading the Dialogues gave the world its first great lesson in logic in action.
Since then, many refinements have been added to the subject of logic. Most useful are the so-called fallacies, about 20 major types of errors. The fallacies are common in many arguments.
In fact, we can find them today in newspaper articles, television news, scientific pronouncements, press releases, political assertions, textbooks, corporate reports, appeals court decisions, legal scholarship, medical advice. Everywhere.
When students are oblivious to these fallacies, they gloss over information; they passively read it; at best, they memorize it. The one thing they can’t do is pick out the good information from the flawed information.
And this state of affairs is considered normal education. What a horrendous joke.
If you went back to any of the great American political encounters of the 19th century—for example, the Lincoln-Douglas debates—not only would you find a more complex use of language, you would also encounter the unmistakable efforts of both men to engage in logical discourse.
The assumption was people of that time could understand this form of argument and counter-argument.
Why? Because they had been educated in a different way.
Today, logic is given a brush-off.
My course was created to remedy this situation.
I have written passages of text that resemble newspaper articles and internet journalism, and I have embedded them with common logical fallacies. The students are taught to find these fallacies and see them for what they are.
In this way, they attain another type of literacy: logical literacy. It will stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives.
As a reporter, week by week and month by month, I watch more and more people lose their ability to string together a logical argument. They just can’t do it anymore—and they don’t recognize their own shortcoming. They’ve never been taught a good logic course, and they’re floundering the in the sea of information that’s out there.
I think something needs to be done about it, and the place to start is education. School.
Here is the syllabus of my Logic and Analysis course.
* The course is taught in 18 class sessions.
* The first two sessions are filled with short examples of logical fallacies.
* The third and fourth sessions examine slightly longer passages of text that contain multiple logical errors.
* Sessions five through 16 take up, in great depth, long passages that read like newspaper articles, political statements, PR, and internet journalism. Students learn how to identify and explain, in specific terms, the logical flaws these passages contain.
* Sessions 17 and 18 are the final exam and the teacher’s dissection of the exam.
* The teacher’s manual and an accompanying audios lay out each session’s lesson plan. The lesson plans include my explanations of the passages and the errors they illustrate.
The sessions do not challenge faith or personal conviction. They are designed to enable a bright student to take apart a written text, an argument, a visual presentation — and discover whether it is valid, whether it truly makes sense, whether it has holes in it.
The sessions teach the traditional logical fallacies, offer many sample passages and exercises, quizzes, tests, and simple teacher’s manuals and daily lesson plans.
The Logic and Analysis course is included in my Matrix Revealed collection (complete details below). I have seen other people offering school courses that are amazingly expensive.
I undercut those levels by a wide margin.
Let’s face it. We are living in a world where the notion of individual freedom and power are under attack. Sustaining that freedom involves knowing how to deal with propaganda designed to make us into confused collectivists. When young people possess the know-how and the confidence to see through these shams, they are equipped to succeed.
Here are the contents of The Matrix Revealed:
* 250 megabytes of information.
* Over 1100 pages of text.
* Ten and a half hours of audio.
The 2 bonuses alone are rather extraordinary:
* My complete 18-lesson course, LOGIC AND ANALYSIS, which includes the teacher’s manual and audio to guide you. I was previously selling the course for $375. This is a new way to teach logic, the subject that has been missing from schools for decades.
* The complete text (331 pages) of AIDS INC., the book that exposed a conspiracy of scientific fraud deep within the medical research establishment. The book has become a sought-after item, since its publication in 1988. It contains material about viruses, medical testing, and the invention of disease that is, now and in the future, vital to our understanding of phony epidemics arising in our midst. I assure you, the revelations in the book will surprise you; they cut much deeper and are more subtle than “virus made in a lab” scenarios.
The heart and soul of this product are the text interviews I conducted with Matrix-insiders, who have first-hand knowledge of how the major illusions of our world are put together:
* ELLIS MEDAVOY, master of PR, propaganda, and deception, who worked for key controllers in the medical and political arenas. 28 interviews, 290 pages.
* JACK TRUE, the most creative hypnotherapist on the face of the planet. Jack’s anti-Matrix understanding of the mind and how to liberate it is unparalleled. His insights are unique, staggering. 43 interviews, 320 pages.
* RICHARD BELL, financial analyst and trader, whose profound grasp of market manipulation and economic-rigging is formidable, to say the least. 16 interviews, 132 pages.
* Several more interviews with brilliant analysts of the Matrix. 53 pages.
* The ten and a half hours of mp3 audio are my solo presentation, based on these interviews and my own research. Title: The Multi-Dimensional Planetary Chessboard—The Matrix vs. the Un-Conditioning of the Individual.
(All the material is digital. Upon ordering it, you’ll receive an email with a link to it.)
Understanding Matrix is also understanding your capacity and power, and that is the way to approach this subject. Because liberation is the goal. And liberation has no limit.
I invite you to a new exploration and a great adventure.
The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.
Jon’s logic course is excellent. It is greatly needed by people of all ages today. — Unfortunately, it seems that American public schools stomp out young people’s sense of curiosity and their creativity. Such schools produce mindless drones who can only repeat their indoctrination. I offered the course to a couple members of our extended family. At the time, they were attending one of the ‘highest rated public high schools in the state’. They were B+ and A average students. (I was shocked by their poor writing, mathematics, and critical thinking skills when I tutored them in math & science. These schools spend millions on fancy buildings & equipment, but they don’t do much of a job with teaching. If this is what they produce with ‘good students’ from a ‘top rated’ public school, we are in deep trouble.) These young people showed no interest in taking the logic course. I corresponded with Jon about this and he offered some approaches to try. He wasn’t very optimistic that they would go for it. He was right. By the time children going through the public system are in high school, the spark has just about been extinguished in them. They do what is assigned, the minimum. Most don’t read books (except those assigned for class). Most won’t read a single serious book as adults, after leaving high school or college. They play with their mobile devices all day, and think themselves ‘sophisticated’ and learned.
If you home school your kids, get this course and do it together. If your kids go to public school (and before they go to college) make them do this course with you. The children I mentioned earlier aren’t ours. They are a nephew and niece. If they were our own kids, they would have been required to take this course while in junior high school. They are attending a public university now. The intensity of propaganda has been dialed up considerably. Logic is the only defense against the barrage of propaganda that we all get hit with every day.
P.S. – I have offered the logic course to the young people I referred to, while they are in college. They still show zero interest.