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Episode 8: Equivocating and other ways to lose


When is a door not really a door? When it’s ajar! That old joke equivocates on two meanings of “ajar” In this episode we look at how equivocation can impact our reasoning, like when we ask, When is a doctor not really a doctor? We explore a few other ways that reasoning can go wrong and force us to lose in a debate. And listen until the end to hear what’s planned for Episode 9.


Matthew Dasti and Stephen Phillips, The Nyaya-sutra: Selections with Early Commentaries, Hackett Publishing, 2017.

Much Ado About Religion adapted from the Csaba Dezsö translation in the Clay Sanskrit Library, New York: NYU Press, 2005.

Definition of “doctor” from

Merriam-Webster Online


“doctor, n.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, December 2020. Web. 20 December 2020.


Good Morning America, December 15, 2020

“Women rally behind Jill Biden after WSJ op-ed asks her to drop ‘Dr.’”

“Hair-raising hare” (Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies, 1946)

“Expertise” (Sutras (and stuff) Season 1, Episode 6)

Billy Madison (Universal Pictures, 1995)


Brittle Rille by Kevin MacLeod




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