About PoC

This blog makes arguments. It creates and critiques various pieces of persuasion.

This blog has a mission: Offer readers clear options for engaging and advancing debate on points of controversy.

Readers will encounter a range of topics, with an emphasis on issues of public interest—political, philosophical, and scientific.

Some posts craft an original argument and answer objections it may face. Other posts evaluate someone else’s argument. The argument may be given as an ordered list of claims in premise-conclusion form. (See posts tagged standardized argument.)

A post may fact check an argument’s premises—the reasons given for believing the conclusion. Alternatively (or additionally), a post may “logic check” the argument’s reasoning. Sometimes an argument that has true premises can leave significant doubts about its conclusion.