Beginning in the 1970's, Saturday morning television featured educational spots of 30 or 60 seconds
as an attempt by the big three U.S. networks (ABC, CBS, NBC) to instruct the kiddies as they watched
their morning cartoons. These interstitial programs usually took the form of musical education short
films such as ABC's popular and now cult favorite Schoolhouse Rock (1973-1980) and CBS'
Bicentennial Minute (1974-1976). These programs taught such things as Multiplication tables,
Grammar, American government and Science.
Had NBC decided to teach principles of sound reasoning in the mid-1970's they could do no better
than to have the logical Mister Spock do the teaching. As an addition to the the two-dozen or so Public Service Announcements I created featuring the animated crew of the
Starship Enterprise, I have created a new series of PSAs featuring Mr. Spock called "Logical
I intend to make a dozen or so of these in each of which Spock
corrects some crewmembers after overhearing them employing a logical fallacy in their discussions.
Using the Vulcan science officer to educate them in proper reasoning is "Only Logical" as he states
at the end of each PSA.
These new PSAs were written seriously just like the ones that
were seen on Saturday mornings in the 1970's and 1980's, but when viewed with today's sensibilities,
they will probably seem quaint and perhaps humorous. They have been uploaded to youTube and they can
be watched below. Enjoy...
Argumentum Ad Populum (Appeal to the Majority)
Ignoratio Elenchi (Irrelevant Conclusion)
Petitio Principii (Circular Reasoning)
Cum Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc (Correlation is not Causality)
Straw Man Fallacy (Misrepresenting the Opposing Argument)