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Doug

What is the logical fallacy in this meme?

Several of my friends have shared the following meme on The Facebook:



Regardless of political opinion -- and I know that is a common thing to start off with lately -- but regardless of political opinion, to me the meme smacks of logical fallacy. I just can't place it exactly. I'm not convinced it's a false analogy. Perhaps because it isn't structured in a neat and tidy format?

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asked on Saturday, Aug 17, 2019 02:19:45 AM by Doug

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Bo Bennett, PhD
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If we ignore that this is just an attempt at humor, you can argue that it is a weak analogy ("false analogy" implies a stronger degree of weakness). The implied analogy is that since it is a good idea for a non-politician to hold a political position, then it should also be a good idea for a non-doctor to perform a medical procedure. The weak analogy part would be that medical procedures require years of specialized training that only doctors have where doing the job of a politician comes from life experiences, leadership, a strong character, etc.

This response is certified political bias free.
answered on Saturday, Aug 17, 2019 07:34:36 AM by Bo Bennett, PhD

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Bill
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Dr. Bo has is right, IMHO. I view it as a figurative analogy, not an argument per se.

Paradox: a non-politician who wins an election becomes a politician by definition. Hard to escape it.
answered on Saturday, Aug 17, 2019 12:32:19 PM by Bill

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