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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Checkers Speech: Straw Man or Red Herring?

Would you describe Richard Nixon's 1952 Checkers speech as a straw man fallacy or a simple red herring? Why? Many articles about the straw many fallacy describe it as a two-step process: 1) A propagandists creates a shallow imitation of his oppone...

asked on Saturday, Mar 06, 2021 07:30:18 PM by WebRanger
Affirming The Consequent?

I'm pretty sure this is affirming the consequent: If God does not exist, then evil does not exist. Evil does exist.   Evil is the absence of good.  You can't have one without the other.   God is the ultimate good. Therefore, God ...

asked on Saturday, Mar 06, 2021 05:55:21 PM by Jack
Again, Is The Trolley Problem a Fallacy?

Because it requiers my supplication to it. And if only, I agree to its premise that I am onboard (pun intended)?with its forgone conclusion(s)? Therefore having falsely presented itself as a so-called "thought experiment" in circa 1967, which dep...

asked on Friday, Mar 05, 2021 09:40:36 PM by Robert W. Armijo
"You clearly don't understand...."

In debating people, they quite often make an assumption that I don't understand the subject (and they do). Rather than debating the issues, they focus on this. Sometimes this happens when it is my field of professional expertise (and probably not th...

asked on Friday, Mar 05, 2021 09:28:47 PM by Dean
Risk Analogies

In making their arguments for/against COVID-19 mitigation strategies, people often use risk analogies. However, these analogies are often premised on a flawed conception of COVID risk. Check out the example below, and then let me know if there are a...

asked on Friday, Mar 05, 2021 08:48:16 AM by Jordan Pine
Covid Concerns: Fallacies or strong argument?

Here is an argument of mind I recently presented to my local member of parliament with some stuff edited out for privacy reasons:   I am writing to ask if we can have stricter mitigations in place so as to reduce the risks of people getting ...

asked on Thursday, Mar 04, 2021 04:51:44 PM by Jack
Did the Onboard HAL 9000 computer in the movie 2001 commit the Fallacy of Circular Logic?

As we know from that sci-fi classic, the HAL 9000 onboard computer cannot explain the discrepancy between the conflicting conculution of his fault predition of the Jupiter's communication device with mission control and its twin HAL 9000 back on Ear...

asked on Thursday, Mar 04, 2021 12:11:10 AM by Robert W. Armijo
Is it fallacious to argue that if you want a minimum wage at $X / hr, why not just make it $Z / hr where Z > X ad nauseum

A friend of mine on FB always likes to jump into political conversations to 'play devil's advocate' and I honestly don't know what they believe anymore not that it really matters. That being said in a recent discussion on the minimum wage they hit m...

asked on Tuesday, Mar 02, 2021 09:21:36 PM by Chris
I didn't do X but if I did he deserved it.

Imagine this scenario.  You woke up to discover that your tires were slashed and your disreputable neighbor says that he did not do it but if he did then you deserved it.   This seems two faced.  It does not seem like a fallacy b...

asked on Monday, Mar 01, 2021 11:54:15 AM by
Double Standard

Some people think it's okay for other races to say white slurs just not for white people to say other races slurs because minority groups were and are more oppressed with the slurs while white people were and are not affected by their slurs. Some th...

asked on Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 08:57:26 PM by Ms. Elyce