We have politicians like Dianne Feinstein bleating, "It's only logical to eliminate the public's access to guns." But it's "logical" only in the artificial construct of a world peopled solely by psychopaths and criminals. In the real world of law abiding citizens who desire only to protect themselves against psychopaths and criminals (whether inside or outside of the government) gun confiscation is not logical at all.
And we have the President of the United States telling us that logic demands we attack the scam of "global warming." But jousting with windmills is logical only if the windmills are actually giants. And if you look at the thermometer outside your kitchen window, you'll see that the temperature of the earth is getting colder – not warmer. And if you read once in a while instead of gorging yourself on the pap that emanates from CNN, you will know that the polar ice caps are growing in size and that the polar bear population is burgeoning to levels that are dangerous to humans who share their habitat.
The pseudo-science of global warming is based entirely on false assumptions and specious data. You can "prove" anything logically if you start with a false premise. And false premises abound in politics – for that very reason! What it actually comes down to is that "logical," in the lexicon of politics, means: "anything I want to fool you into believing."
Is logic, then, itself flawed, or is it a valuable tool that is simply being mis-applied by charlatans? I think that question can best be answered by asking another question: "Why is logic so easily mis-applied?"
The word logic is derived from the Greek word logos, meaning "study," as seen in such words as biology, the study of life. Logic, then, is the study of studying. The ponderousness of this concept is reminiscent of my fourth grade exercises in diagramming sentences. By the fourth grade, I already knew how to speak English. I knew how to use a gerund without having to know its name or even that it had a name. When we speak, we don't have the time to mentally diagram the sentence first. We just do it. And when we think, we don't use logic. Because we don't have the time to think about what we already know how to do.
Your brain is capable of evaluating a concept against thousands of stored facts. preferences, and presuppositions and reaching a logical conclusion – instantaneously. Belaboring the process will only slow it down, resulting in confusion and error.When someone appeals to logic, therefore, they are invoking a deliberate slowing down of the normal split-second neural responses of the human brain, with the objective of inducing confusion and error.
As the award winning British author Terry Pratchett said, "Logic is a wonderful thing, but it doesn't always beat actual thought."