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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Substitution/replacement arguments

Is there a fallacy that covers the reply to a comment with something along the lines of "Replace the word men with black men and see how you sound" It seems like they're trying to evoke an emotion and a response of "oh, I must be a racist, then...I...

asked 12 hours ago by Desiree
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It’s impossible for you to understand, therefore I am right.

I had someone tell me this one and it looks like an argument from ignorance or complexity but I wanted to ask the community.  She said it was literally impossible for me to understand her point, because I am white.  She has information I c...

asked on Monday, May 17, 2021 12:13:35 PM by noblenutria@gmail.com
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Do you find this person's argument to be sound?

This individual is arguing for the existence of God using the argument of contigency. Is his argument sound. Watch this video first: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNnS9eIn_2U&t=2s&ab_channel=BasiraEducation   And then watch this vide...

asked on Saturday, May 15, 2021 08:25:13 PM by Shawn
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Well if the situation were reversed......

This is a common phrase I hear a lot, specifically pertaining to the Time Square shooting suspect happening right now, P1: Wow did you see that shooting suspect in the Time Square shooting, if he was {insert race or anything relating to the suspect...

asked on Sunday, May 09, 2021 04:43:47 PM by Joe
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Is "God exists outside of spacetime a logically incoherent phrase?

This phrase is often used to justify a beginning of the universe, but the idea seems to be incoherent. Is such a state even logically possible,  or is the concept of "existing outside of space and time" simply meaningless?

asked on Saturday, May 08, 2021 09:13:52 PM by Jim
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Is this logic correct?

In the following statement, the arithmetic is wrong, but is the logic correct?  If 5+6=14 then 7+7<>14

asked on Saturday, May 08, 2021 09:55:42 AM by Jim
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Putin’s Analogy : Is this a fallacy?

  From a recent article: “ President Vladimir Putin insisted Russia's homegrown coronavirus vaccine was as “reliable as a Kalashnikov assault rifle”… Leave it to a rabid strongman to draw such an absurd analogy, but ...

asked on Friday, May 07, 2021 05:06:13 PM by Citizen Irrelevant
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statistics aren't x therefore the statistic is true

This is an interesting phenomena that I've observed, the format usually goes like this P1: Makes claim, and supports that claim statistics. P2: Rebuts P1 claims, outlines how the statistics is misleading/and or was collected in a biased manner. P...

asked on Sunday, May 02, 2021 06:27:53 PM by Joe
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Spot the Fallacy: God & Geography

I'm posting two today. My other one is here . (The original entry and explanation of the game is here .) I came across this one recently from a post titled: "10 ways to prove that a god doesn't exist." #2 - A god belief is simple geography. Being...

asked on Saturday, May 01, 2021 01:03:04 PM by Jordan Pine
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Spot the Fallacy: The Heartbeat of Racism?

I'm picking another hot & trending topic for the latest iteration of this game. (For more on the game, see here .) Today's selection is a pair of tweets. Sen. Tim Scott: "Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country." Ibram X. Kendi (in ...

asked on Saturday, May 01, 2021 10:57:53 AM by Jordan Pine
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