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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Racism

Are there any logical fallacies, or false statements in the systemic racism argument? Are there any good, strong points, and truths? 

asked 5 hours ago by Ms. Elyce
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Can quality be inferred by popularity?

Recently I have been hearing this claim a lot, especially on movie\show\book reviews, when judging the quality of art. It is popular therefore it must be good , or the invert  - It is not popular, therefore it must be bad . Could this argument...

asked on Sunday, Jan 17, 2021 05:55:07 PM by Jay
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I Have 2 Questions.

Q1:What is the fallacy called when someone only 1 day short of 18 says “I can drink because there isn’t much difference between an 18 year old and somebody who’s  almost  18”? (I remember reading this example in you...

asked on Saturday, Jan 16, 2021 12:21:20 PM by Andriem Kolovski
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The You Don't Understand Argument

I was talking to someone about a prominent politician and I said that they had some really good things to say but the way they talked was incredibly annoying and made me not want to hear them speak. He claimed I didn't understand why the politician ...

asked on Saturday, Jan 16, 2021 12:19:35 AM by Mike
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False Justification and/or Logical Fallacy

I have a friend who is using the existence of a double standard to justify behavior. his argument is this: Because black people can use the n word, anyone should be able to use the n word. Or at least, black people can’t complain when other p...

asked on Tuesday, Jan 12, 2021 08:18:27 AM by Matthew S Parrott
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Thomas Jefferson's "Self-Evident" Argument

Thomas Jefferson famously stated the following: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of...

asked on Monday, Jan 11, 2021 04:07:18 PM by R. Ariara
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Innocent by association (kind of)

Recently I was watching a player in the television program Survivor arguing that women in the past (centuries ago) have been mistreated, treated unfair and even burned as witches, and concluding that women is the force of life and so a female member...

asked on Monday, Jan 11, 2021 12:03:45 PM by Kostas Oikonomou
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Anthropomorphic Fallacy

A little background.  The Neanderthal Theory of intelligence postulates what Psychiatrists call Aspergers/Schizoid/Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders are just residual Neanderthal traits being expressed in different ways.  I often use the Do...

asked on Sunday, Jan 10, 2021 01:45:14 PM by Hano Spurlee
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Any fallacies here?

President Trump gets deplatformed from Twitter.  Meme in response: "Just remember, Dictators don't get censored. They do the censoring. 

asked on Sunday, Jan 10, 2021 10:25:47 AM by Jason Mathias
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Is this another example or an ad?

There's a box that looks like an advertisement at the bottom of the Appeal to Extremes page I was referencing. "Eat Meat... Or Don't. Roughly 95% of Americans don’t appear to have an ethical problem with animals being killed for food, yet all...

asked on Saturday, Jan 09, 2021 02:01:56 AM by Patrick
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