The last thing I like to do on Wednesdays, frankly, is anything. On my only weekday free of classes, my main goal is to spend as much time in bed as possible. But, last Wednesday, I was oddly excited to emerge from my room for my philosophy class’ “Logical Fallacy Night,” an event in which students compete to identify logical fallacies in popular media in order to better prepare themselves to recognize them in their lives.
Months earlier, Dean Parmach, my Manresa philosophy professor, handed out flyers to our class that outlined major events we would have to attend before the semester ended. “Great,” I thought to myself, “more school outside of school.” At that point, Logical Fallacy Night looked like just another requirement on the long list of events that I was reluctant to attend. But my initial pessimism proved unfounded. I’ve grown to enjoy the events associated with my Manresa course.
A few weeks earlier, all Manresa Scholars had attended “Late Night Eloquentia Perfecta,” a fun opportunity for honing our oral presentation skills. Before that, our class had visited a nursing home, where we learned life lessons from our elders. Because of these, I couldn’t help but look at Logical Fallacy Night with optimism.
Our class congregated in Keating Hall’s First Floor Auditorium, where we were split into groups and asked to compete. Recalling what we had learned in class, our three teams examined clips with subject matter ranging from Clueless to Animal House, CNN to ASPCA commercials, and Bob Dylan to Kelly Clarkson. The game was simple: Name That Fallacy! The night was filled with confusion, mispronunciation, pizza, and laughter. It was definitely worth getting out of bed for.
Liam Leahy, FCRH 2022