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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Wow! Did you see that teenager run that stop sign? Teenage drivers are really pathetic.

asked on Sunday, Apr 18, 2021 08:42:29 PM by winston
Drinking Age

Many people think if your old enough to fight you should be old enough to drink. Is this a weak analogy? I could see it being one because taking responsibility to protect your own country is very different from allowing an age group to do something ...

asked on Saturday, Apr 17, 2021 10:31:16 PM by Electrical
can you update your site

how we can respond to each fallacy, I will work as a lawyer what books you recommend 

asked on Saturday, Apr 17, 2021 04:19:49 AM by jasem
Is there a fallacy for this?

A -> B -> C -> D A becomes B, B becomes C, C becomes D, therefore D=A EX: The first life came from the ocean, therefore we are all aquatic EX2: Humans originated in Africa, therefore we are all African    

asked on Friday, Apr 16, 2021 10:48:27 PM by Dr. Wise
Naturalistic/Moralistic Fallacies

I have started a hobby of posting about fallacies in my social media feeds because I see a pandemic of bad reasoning in the world.  I have been wanting to post about the naturalist/moralistic fallacies but I would like some other fallacyophiles...

asked on Friday, Apr 16, 2021 12:14:16 PM by
Group Generalisations and Standards

Another identity politics question. Sorry, and I know these are flamebait, but...I see this commonly used as a justification for treating members of groups differently. It starts with some vague generalisation of said group (e.g. their motives), and...

asked on Thursday, Apr 15, 2021 01:23:49 PM by Rationalissimo
Consensus among historians about the existence of Jesus - authority fallacy?

Many times we've heard arguments that say Jesus existed because there's a consensus among historians that he did exist. Is there any logical fallacies in this reasoning? Appeal to authority? Appeal to consensus? I would argue that a consensus in and...

asked on Tuesday, Apr 13, 2021 12:47:27 PM by Lars C
McNamara "fallacy"

It is stated that focusing purely on quantitative data in a complex debate is often misleading as it overlooks factors best measured by qualitative data, which may also be essential to forming a judgement. However, don't many quantitative factors&n...

asked on Monday, Apr 12, 2021 08:33:30 PM by Rationalissimo
Race realism debate

Disclaimer: race realism obviously A debate I witnessed earlier today: P1: Black people commit the majority of crime, because despite making up 13 percent of the population they commit over 52 percent of the crime. Therefore they are inherently vi...

asked on Monday, Apr 12, 2021 06:26:43 PM by Joe
Weak Analogy? If you support transgender, to be consistent, you should support people who wish to identify as another race.

I realize this gets into some philosophy/politics/science, but I am curious what the members think on this topic. The claim is that this is a weak analogy , thus fallacious. Agree? Disagree? To what extent?

asked on Sunday, Apr 11, 2021 02:18:31 PM by Bo Bennett, PhD