Date: Sat Oct 26 2002 - 14:00:33 EDT
From: John W Burgeson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Several people have asked me what the other two fallacies are in the oil
The first fallacy is the assumption that by buying a gallon of gas from
Hess that somehow you are depriving the Saudis of the profit on the oil
needed to produce this gallon of gas. Glenn's comments apply to this
The second fallacy is the assumption that the writer of the silly spam
note makes when he/she explains how the message can quickly reach so many
people. The math assumes that everyone would send the message to a unique
group of people, who would in turn send it on to another unique group.
That is unlikely to happen even on round one, less likely on succeeding
rounds. So the growth of the message throughout the population would
necessarily be much slower than the math indicates.
Yes, there is a third fallacy. If enough people bug me I will post it,
else I will assume that it is pretty obvious.
John Burgeson (Burgy)
(an eclectic site about science/theology, quantum mechanics,
ethics, baseball, humor, cars, philosophy, etc.)
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