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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When is an argument from tradition valid because it is a victimless tradition?

Person 1 Astrology must have some kind of truth about it because it has been around for a very long time. Person 2 Forced Marriages have been around for a long time do you think that it has some truth too it? Person 1 That's Completely Different...

asked 6 hours ago by alex
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Is this an ad hoc fallacy or a bunch of fallacies? Or is this a problem with using induction in the wrong context.

Person 1: Vaccines don't work and maybe make you sick.  Person 2: Then why does the overwhelming scientific consensus think they do work and don't make us sick?  Person 1: Well let me rephrase "maybe" they don't work. You can't tell the differ...

asked 8 hours ago by alex
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This is a bad use of I don't care. Can you give me some good ones?

"You may have given me a list of irrefutable problems with Kingdom Hearts which proves it is a bad franchise, but I don't care. I still think it is a good franchise." Me: My guy, if you truly don't care, you'd simply keep this stubbornness toward t...

asked on Tuesday, Sep 21, 2021 04:40:47 AM by Rendy Specter
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Accusing someone of being 'boring'

What fallacy is it if someone responds to a point by simply accusing the other person of being 'boring'? Because I've noticed that it seems to be quite a common tactic when they simply don't want to admit that the other person is right and they're w...

asked on Sunday, Sep 19, 2021 08:48:52 AM by Philip
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Is this an ad hominem or what?

I hate people who respond with: "Says the guy who...", "You're one to talk.", "Look who's talking?", and "Says who?". This goes to ignorants who disregard opinions from users who have an anime character as profile picture regardless of how reasonabl...

asked on Sunday, Sep 19, 2021 03:11:03 AM by Rendy Specter
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Is self sealing agrument a fallacy?

 " You can't see elephants because they are good at hiding"  Is self sealing agrument considered fallacy?

asked on Saturday, Sep 18, 2021 09:24:06 AM by Lynx Ssss
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Is it logically possible for pigs to fly?

I say yes, and this is my reasoning. If something is logically impossible, then it violates a law of logic. Example - square circle, or a married bachelor - both would violate the law of non-contradiction. If a statement / claim does not violate any...

asked on Saturday, Sep 18, 2021 09:21:49 AM by Jim
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What are the fallacies involved in racism?

It seems racism, communalism, sexism, are logically wrong thinking; and appears more than one type of fallacies are involved in them.  I would like to know what are those fallacies. Thanks

asked on Saturday, Sep 18, 2021 08:02:02 AM by Rahman
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Non sequitur?

If 100cm=1m=1000mm  Therefore, 100cm=1000mm. Someone told me it is non sequitur, is it true?.

asked on Thursday, Sep 16, 2021 02:17:13 AM by Lynx Ssss
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Is attempting to discredit something by invoking it’s age a fallacy?

Many times when I have cited 20th anthropological works in debates regarding racial typology others have tried to dismiss them by claiming that they are “outdated”. Does this qualify as an ad hominem, or something else?

asked on Wednesday, Sep 15, 2021 01:42:38 PM by Alexander
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