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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Communism in North Korea

Andrew: Communism in N. Korea will only work when countries like the United States will stop intervening with the affairs of N. Korea. The right to self-determination has not been truly materialized. The sanctions to trade with others countries impo...

asked 22 hours ago by Van
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Prisoner’s right to vote

John: Prisoners should have a right to vote because some of them are not bad people. They just committed some petty economic crimes to survive. Some even were erroneously convicted. is there a fallacy? Just focus on the argument. Don’t consid...

asked 22 hours ago by Van
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False/Weak Analogy and/or anything else?

A recent argument of mine on a debate forum was titled When exactly does human life begin? A person responded by saying the following: to me it’s like asking on what day does a bald man become bald? Or on what day did Latin become Italian? ...

asked 23 hours ago by Jack
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Jumping to conclustions of something else?

I actually think the following is Jumping to conclusions. Or is it something else? P1. Everything which began to exist has a cause. P2. The universe began to exist. P3. Therefore, the universe has a cause. Conclusion: Therefore, God exists

asked on Thursday, Feb 27, 2020 11:37:44 AM by Jack
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Distorting opponent's position by bundling your own conclusions

This feels like a fallacy I've seen written about before. I see it all the time in sales and politics but I'd like to know if there's a name for it and if so what that name is. It's essentially putting words into an opponent's mouth by saying you a...

asked on Thursday, Feb 27, 2020 10:01:00 AM by Macgyver
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What fallacies are in here?

Person 1: A lot about Trump sickens me, but maybe at the top of the list is his very intentional efforts to divide us up by the color of our skin, our gender, our sexual orientation and our religion.  Person 2: His housing secretary is black, ...

asked on Wednesday, Feb 26, 2020 08:21:20 PM by Jason Mathias
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Because climate change is not natural, must it therefore be bad?

Because climate change is not natural, must it therefore be bad? I would argue that climate change IS natural. Climate change being a "bad" thing is a relative and related but different question. Scientists tell us that our extremely limited geologi...

asked on Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020 11:35:16 AM by Daniel Barrett
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Assertion: "Taxation is theft". How does the fallacy-free argument address the assertion.

The argument may start from any clear assumption.  An assumption is an axiom imo, and is not itself assailable by logic, though it may not be factual. I have proposed this elsewhere, and am aware of the usual counterarguments, so am asking her...

asked on Monday, Feb 24, 2020 05:42:28 PM by DrBill
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No true Scotsman?

Here is a passage from a debate and I've been struggling to work out if it really is a no true Scotsman. It's a debate among other people where one of them called the other out on a no true Scotsman. There are Democrats who claim to be Christians...

asked on Sunday, Feb 23, 2020 07:02:59 PM by Jack
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Innovation under communism

John: Communism will not work because there is no more competition. Without competition, there is no innovation. Michael: In communism, there is still competition as countries will compete with each other. Only local competition will be absent. &n...

asked on Saturday, Feb 22, 2020 10:34:20 PM by Van
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