Ask Your Questions About Logical Fallacies

Welcome! This is the place to ask the community of experts and other fallacyophites (I made up that word) if someone has a committed a fallacy or not. This is a great way to settle a dispute!


Dr. Bo's Criteria for Logical Fallacies:

  • It must be an error in reasoning not a factual error.
  • It must be commonly applied to an argument either in the form of the argument or in the interpretation of the argument.
  • It must be deceptive in that it often fools the average adult.
Therefore, we will define a logical fallacy as a concept within argumentation that commonly leads to an error in reasoning due to the deceptive nature of its presentation. Logical fallacies can comprise fallacious arguments that contain one or more non-factual errors in their form or deceptive arguments that often lead to fallacious reasoning in their evaluation.
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If (X), then (ridiculous claim with no evidence)?

Hi, so I saw this post on Facebook, stating:  "If you've been actively voting for anti-gun politicians, you have no footing to criticize gun owners when we don't swoop in to save you from the situation you put yourself in. You're a massive hyp...

asked 16 hours ago by Dan
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Spotting the difference between formal and informal fallacies

I know the theoretical difference between the two (error in logical form vs error in content/expression) but is there a hard-and-fast method for discerning between them?  

asked on Saturday, Aug 01, 2020 02:38:33 PM by Rationalissimo
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What's it call when people blame things they don't understand on things they don't approve of and then recommend a "virtuous" course of action?

Examples: Biblical times: The crops have failed.  Clearly God is displeased by your lack of humility.  Sacrifice your cattle to him to show you are sorry. Modern times:  Doctor: Not sure what's wrong with you but I suspect its bec...

asked on Wednesday, Jul 29, 2020 11:53:03 AM by Katherine
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Question Begging

I read a book called “Crimes against Logic” and there was an interesting section about question begging.   First, it occurred to me that complex question is question begging in the form of a question.   Complex Question Wh...

asked on Wednesday, Jul 29, 2020 10:27:39 AM by Jacob
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What Fallacy is this

Person A commits an indiscretion. When called on the indiscretion, person A excuses his action because person B did the same.  

asked on Tuesday, Jul 28, 2020 12:52:37 PM by Senior Master Sergeant
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find out the below examples are of which type of fallacies?

1. “I’m so happy. I’m crying [but] I’m not sad, I’m so happy,” Wolter said. “You know what? God really loves me. Seriously, God loves me. Look at this, look at my family now.” 2. “I just wanted ...

asked on Monday, Jul 27, 2020 08:10:02 AM by Jaspreet Kaur
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Retrogressive Extrapolation in a Controversial Debate

I've seen this argument many, many times. Effectively, someone will express opposition to an economic, political or social (usually social) movement. They will then the informed that in the past, people also opposed a given social movement, and were...

asked on Friday, Jul 24, 2020 09:34:27 PM by Rationalissimo
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Which fallacy is this and why?

 “Say what you will about businesses, they’re not in the habit of paying more for things that aren’t worth it.”

asked on Monday, Jul 20, 2020 06:36:31 PM by Jakarrius
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Fallacy of complicit support?

I encountered this fallacy when it comes to corporations and companies with sketchy histories, and the people who buy and consume products from those same companies, often under the banner of anti capitalist argumentation. P1. Company A has done Ba...

asked on Monday, Jul 20, 2020 06:33:52 PM by Douglas Arndell
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Mail-In Voting

Which fallacy defines: mail-in voting can be susceptible to fraud, therefore mail-in voting is fraudulent and unreliable?

asked on Monday, Jul 20, 2020 06:31:33 AM by ECB3
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