30 october 2012
Fallacies are fun. Errors in deceptive, logic, accidental or deliberate, fallacies go together with studies in critical thinking and reading, and give us great feelings of fallibility. Human consciousness cannot express all the knowledge of experience through language. “Love is a Fallacy” is a short fun story written in old school days, concerning raccoon coats and the vicissitudes and traps of courtship. Just to show how the story is dated; you will rarely see in fact there is no one who wears raccoon coats today. Fallacy has found it’s mostly from Latin into English version of stories. But reading “Love is a fallacy” introduces one to the fun world of fallacy. Most of short stories are rich in fun and entertaining characters and beleaguered many with literary devices accompanied by interesting twists. Much fun is derived from Shulman’s “Love is a fallacy” where the he teaches the fundamental fallacies’ principles in an entertaining way. Shulman’s “Love is a fallacy” is all about a young University student man in the early 1950’s. The main character in the story is a self described “enthusiastic, perspicacious, calculating, astute and acute” man whose main aim as depicted in the story is to obtain, from his friend Petey, a girl called Polly. Petey is a dump guy who is in great need of a raccoon coat. His desperate need for the coat prompts him to strike a deal with the narrator in exchange for Polly. During that period, a raccoon coat was part of life and everybody in the campus was at least having one. Polly was a beautiful girl that everyone would dream of dating. The narrator believed that Polly would be perfect for him because of what he wanted to be in the future. He wanted to be a lawyer and he saw every lawyer marrying a beautiful lady. The only problem was that Polly was not one of the brightest girls on campus. This narrator uses his intelligence to get the better...