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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Denial of a claim used as proof the claim is correct

I see this used more and more and while it used to be rejected out of hand as being absurd, it is now widely accepted. The best example I can give centers around critical race theory and the idea that all white people are racist. It usually goes li...

asked on Thursday, Apr 08, 2021 11:31:56 PM by Andrew C.
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abortion debate

I'm curious about what fallacy this debate that I had earlier falls under, it goes like this: A: limiting abortion violates the bodily autonomy of the women B: The fact that the women does not want the child does not justify a killing of the child...

asked on Saturday, Apr 03, 2021 03:25:00 PM by Joe
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Spot the Fallacy: Jim Crow 2.0

Another hot topic these days is Georgia’s new voting law, which critics say is racist. President Biden has called it “Jim Crow in the 21st Century” and “Jim Crow on steroids. ” ACLU Georgia Political Director Christophe...

asked on Friday, Apr 02, 2021 04:02:28 PM by Jordan Pine
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People shouldn't break that law, but we'll make it stricter in the hope people only break it slightly.

There is a very common belief that if you set the speed limit very low people who drive genuinely fast only tend to drive 5 or 10mph over the posted limit.  I'm going to go out on a limb and say that isn't true, but it's something I used to ass...

asked on Thursday, Apr 01, 2021 07:35:21 PM by Alex Hosking
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The world's person

The world's oldest person keeps dying over and over again. I am getting suspicious that this person ever died to begin with. I argue the world's oldest person never dies. What is wrong with that argument? 

asked on Wednesday, Mar 31, 2021 11:27:18 AM by Shawn
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Spot the Fallacy: Loch Ness Expert

Identify the fallacy. IF appropriate, give both type or sub-type. But do NOT include the general category, such as "fallacy of relevance" in your answer. 1.     I believe in the Loch Ness monster because my buddy Edgar says it exists, and Edgar ...

asked on Tuesday, Mar 30, 2021 07:12:35 PM by Meagan
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What fallacy is this stonetoss comic

https://rationalwiki.org/w/images/0/08/StoneToss-billionaires-comic-1.png   What stonetoss was essentially expressing in this comic was that, A, in the first panel he showed a character expressing that white privilege exists because of "white ...

asked on Tuesday, Mar 30, 2021 04:55:15 PM by Joe
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SPOT the FALLACY: White Identitarian Persecution?

Another passage from a LTE opinion piece: "  I see many similarities between the rise of the Nazi party prior to World War II in Germany and what is presently happening in this country. "Certain religions and groups of people were charged wit...

asked on Tuesday, Mar 30, 2021 11:29:45 AM by Citizen Irrelevant
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Conflicting COnditions

Since you used the example, "I don’t care what you believe, as long as your beliefs don’t harm others." I am wondering if that would apply to something many people say "I don't care what you do as long as you aren't hurting others" or in...

asked on Monday, Mar 29, 2021 09:29:11 PM by Electrical
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Spot the Fallacy: Gun Control

The following is one section from an LTE in a local,paper's 'Opinion' section.  The writer, an 82 y/o resident of this southwestern Montana region, routinely submits lengthy pieces of this nature which seem to be FOUNDED upon the overt use of logic...

asked on Monday, Mar 29, 2021 02:33:56 PM by Citizen Irrelevant
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