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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Burden of proof

Are false dichotomies, trichotomies .etc shifting the burden of proof?

asked on Monday, May 25, 2020 11:12:49 AM by George
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Is this a fallacy in response to a fallacy?

Person 1: Shares a conspiracy theory on social media that attacks medical experts.  Person 2: Presents the logical form of a conspiracy theory fallacy. A is true.  B is why the truth can’t be proven.  Therefore, A is true....

asked on Monday, May 25, 2020 10:02:07 AM by Jason Mathias
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Mixing absolutist and relative thinking

I have debated SJWs who say that all white people are racist and at the same time they say that one white person can be more racist than another white person.  I know there are many problems with this kind of logic, but I want to tackle one par...

asked on Saturday, May 23, 2020 12:33:53 PM by Jacob
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Circular to say evidence is proof?

I have debated creationists about evolution and I have told them that there is a mountain of evidence in favor of evolution, but is this a circular argument?  Perhaps it is circular to use the amount of evidence as evidence.  It would be l...

asked on Friday, May 22, 2020 04:38:00 PM by Jacob
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Argument from Silence with Silence means consent

Here is a modified version of the Example given for the Argument from Silence fallacy. Jay: Dude, where are my car keys? Bob: (says nothing) Jay: Silence means consent Bob: (says nothing) Jay: I KNEW you took them! Is this still a fallacy? If...

asked on Friday, May 22, 2020 06:35:21 AM by EricE
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What fallacy could this be?

#1) Person 1: Shares a fake conspiracy theory article on FB.  #2) Person 2: Copies and pasts a fact checker, fact checking it and also a copied and pasted link to this website with the conspiracy theory fallacy.  #3) Person 1...

asked on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 08:02:09 PM by Jason Mathias
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What fallacy is this?

"The word conspiracy theory was made up to discredit the truth." Using this logic, anything labeled a conspiracy is the truth. So, what fallacy is this?

asked on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 02:49:28 PM by Jason Mathias
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Keeping silence fallacy?

On an internet forum I got into a debate with someone about flat earth and they got quite fired up and implied I was some kind of agent planted on the forum to support the globe model. I said I would no longer discuss anything with them as they had ...

asked on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 08:22:41 AM by Daniel
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If this happens then that happens fallacy

Hi, I have a burning question that popped up during a debate among friends. The one who made the argument stated that he would be making a strawman argument. But I do not think he was correct in that. The argument was: If  they make facial m...

asked on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 05:50:34 AM by Vegard
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clarification about the definition of "Rights to Ought Fallacy"

The definition of "Rights to Ought Fallacy" starts with: "When one gives a reason for one's rights (constitutional or other) with what one should do". I don't get it the way it is written. Is it syntactically correct? What I understand the meaning t...

asked on Sunday, May 17, 2020 09:43:32 PM by Kostas Oikonomou
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