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Alex Hosking

Going to the other extreme.

So someone quite young died of Covid, someone else question if this person may have had serious health problems that may have already been life limiting and asking if this person died of covid or with it. Chances are if they didn't die of covid they could have died of the flu or one of many other diseases if that was the case, Freddie Mercury dying of Pneumonia when he had AIDS comes to mind.
Anyway, someone else went to the complete other extreme and said "I'm pretty sure he wasn't ran over by a bus". I'm pretty sure if someone who was ran over by a bus who just happened to have covid being declared to have died of covid is the complete other extreme.
When people do that, to make a point in argument is there a name for that.

asked on Thursday, Feb 18, 2021 06:28:26 PM by Alex Hosking

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Bo Bennett, PhD writes:

Sorry, I don't even get this. I can't even find a possible implied argument in there somewhere. Not sure the the premises would be or the conclusion.

posted on Friday, Feb 19, 2021 07:35:53 AM
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Robert W. Armijo writes:

Plausible cause comes to mind 

posted on Friday, Feb 19, 2021 07:39:28 AM

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Rationalissimo
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So...one person suggested they could have died from disease, and another says they couldn't have been hit by a bus...?

Where's the fallacy?

It's just people speculating on how a young person passed away.

If it's implied they either died from disease or were killed by a motor vehicle, this would be a dilemma (either true or false).

answered on Friday, Feb 19, 2021 07:29:26 AM by Rationalissimo

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Prof M
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Extremes usually suggest the "Fallacy of the Excluded Middle."

answered on Thursday, Feb 18, 2021 08:07:05 PM by Prof M

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Shockwave
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There are no arguments here, but question, to which no complete answer has been given.
I will make an analogy to check if I understood the context well:
Q: Is this car black?
A: I'm pretty sure it isn't as white as snow.

The car, of course, can be other colors, red, blue, gray...

answered on Friday, Feb 19, 2021 05:12:59 PM by Shockwave

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Alex Hosking writes:

If the argument was whether it was black or dark grey that would be analogous.

posted on Friday, Feb 19, 2021 08:40:31 PM