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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Does this reasoning train justify All Cops Are B*stards (ACAB)?

I have been seeing this logic a lot in regards to recent events, mainly from people sympathetic to the one against the authorities, in especially to retort to the "there are good cops" line: A: There are 1000 good cops and 100 bad cops in a police ...

asked 14 hours ago by Douglas Arndell
A proposal about a creator

If the question is not subject to logical analysis, why are we addressing it? Some people want to convince others of inevitability. Convincing others is the purpose of rhetoric imo. I've already asserted my belief in a creator, and avoided logical...

asked on Friday, May 29, 2020 04:03:18 PM by DrBill
Electoral college argument.

An internet meme that has been going around. "Abolishing the electoral college would make Los Angeles county stronger than 43 states!" "Reposting this has been deleted 3 times!"   Is this argument a Fallacy of Composition ? Or a Fa...

asked on Friday, May 29, 2020 03:28:46 PM by Jason Mathias
Equivocation Fallacy?

  I'm pretty sure the following is an Equivocation Fallacy:   Moral evil is like "cold" or "shadow", it doesn't exist, it is a term used to describe the absence of something that does exist. "Cold" is the absence of heat. Only heat ex...

asked on Friday, May 29, 2020 12:36:05 PM by Jack
Does 'Who Created God' commit the Double Counting fallacy

Is the question 'Who created God?' considered to be a double counting fallacy when dealing with the 'god created everything' argument?

asked on Thursday, May 28, 2020 11:35:31 PM by John300974
Is this a fallacy of division?

Is it fallacious to argue that given that African-American individuals are more likely to have excessive forced used against them and be killed by police violence, that individual cases of the use of disproportionate force by white officers against ...

asked on Thursday, May 28, 2020 04:35:25 PM by Sophie
Does this constitute an Ad hominem?

The ideologically purist people are the whitest and most untouched people on the internet - That's the problem... Politics is about gaining power so that you can enact certain things that you believe in… but for a lot of these people it&rsquo...

asked on Thursday, May 28, 2020 10:35:21 AM by 1292019
All done!

I lost 100 pounds, so I don’t need to diet anymore. (Analogous to: Social distancing flattened the curve. We don’t need to do social distancing anymore.)

asked on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 05:53:09 PM by MTK
Can you analyze Rand Paul's assertion without fallacy?

Paul said in a recent fund-raising email that I responded to with a donation "The lesson we should all be taking away from this is not “My political opponents should not be able to spy on me without a warrant.” The lesson should be that ...

asked on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 03:13:05 PM by DrBill
Help identifying fallacy

Hello Everyone! I am struggling to identify the fallacy, though I am pretty sure there is one, and was hoping to get a bit of help. There are a list of 20 odd rules and two people they apply to. Person A has followed the rules, while Person B has ...

asked on Monday, May 25, 2020 06:45:04 PM by Ryan