When the meaning of a word, sentence, or entire idea is changed by where the accent falls.
When an attempt is made to apply a general rule to all situations when clearly there are exceptions to the rule. Simplistic rules or laws rarely take into consideration legitimate exceptions, and to ignore these exceptions is to bypass reason to preserve the illusion of a perfect law. People like simplicity and would often rather keep simplicity at the cost of rationality.
Attacking the person’s self-confidence in place of the argument or the evidence.
Very often we desperately want to be right and hold on to certain beliefs, despite any evidence presented to the contrary. As a result, we begin to make up excuses as to why our belief could still be true, and is still true, despite the fact that we have no real evidence for what we are making up.
Attacking the person making the argument, rather than the argument itself, when the attack on the person is completely irrelevant to the argument the person is making.
Suggesting that the person who is making the argument is biased or predisposed to take a particular stance, and therefore, the argument is necessarily invalid.
When the source is viewed negatively because of its association with another person or group who is already viewed negatively.
Claiming the argument is flawed by pointing out that the one making the argument is not acting consistently with the claims of the argument.
Making the false assumption that when presented with an either/or possibility, that if one of the options is true that the other one must be false. This is when the “or” is not specifically defined as being exclusive.
An error in formal logic where if the consequent is said to be true, the antecedent is said to be true, as a result.
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