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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All Cops are Racists - Unfalsifiability

All Cops Are Racist... I don't believe this for many reasons, but I have friends who do.  I started to wonder how this claim would fair when tested by the criterion of falsifiability.   Unfalsifiability from Logically Fallacious ...

asked on Wednesday, Oct 07, 2020 07:56:46 PM by noblenutria@gmail.com
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Every concept is contradictory to all other concepts.

I feel this line of reasoning is fallacious but cannot explain why. I was told that every concept is contradictory to all other concepts. For example, the concept "democracy" must not be "not-democracy." All other concepts like aristocracy, car, and...

asked on Wednesday, Oct 07, 2020 01:09:34 PM by Sing
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Traitorous Critic Fallacy errata

In the Traitorous Critic Fallacy explanation of Example #1, the last sentence says "This example might also be seen as proof by intimidation." I think you meant "Appeal to Force" instead of "Proof by intimidation".

asked on Wednesday, Oct 07, 2020 08:55:24 AM by Kostas Oikonomou
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Does this qualify as the Nirvana fallacy / perfect solution fallacy?

I would appreciate any help you could provide with settling a disagreement as to whether or not the following statement qualifies as an example of the Nirvana fallacy: It's fine to allow avoidable bad things since unavoidable bad things happen all...

asked on Tuesday, Oct 06, 2020 04:09:46 PM by Gamblorr
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Only mask wearers test positive (CV+)

I saw this posted on, yes, Twitter from Telegram: ”CoVid deniers who don’t wear masks, don’t get tested. Which means that the increase in case numbers is mask wearers.” Which fallacy is this? I’m assuming by leaving o...

asked on Sunday, Oct 04, 2020 09:57:46 AM by ECB3
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Fallacy when someone defines own criteria for arguments being valid/true?

In discussions, there will sometimes be someone (usually the one who initially proposed the topic) who will try to direct the conversation, but also, and most importantly, define his own criteria for arguments presented to valid or true—and of...

asked on Friday, Oct 02, 2020 05:21:39 AM by UndoF
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Subverted Support origin

Why is it called "subverted support"? "Subvert" as "undermine"? How is the name descriptive of the fallacy? I can see the "Support" part, because you're trying to explain some phenomenon, but the "phenomenon does not actually occur" how is it presen...

asked on Monday, Sep 28, 2020 12:22:51 PM by Kostas Oikonomou
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Is it live, or is it Memorex?

For my fellow fallacophites: In this age of weaponized confirmation biases it is vital to examine where exactly our thoughts come from, and if they're... live or Memorex? What comes first: ideas or words? The paradox of articulation – https:...

asked on Saturday, Sep 26, 2020 05:39:41 PM by mchasewalker
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Logic isn’t fact

Here is an exchange on social media I saw. To me,  "logic isn’t fact" doesn't make much sense to me. (Person 2 never claimed logic was fact)  Person 1: Commits logical fallacy. Person 2: Points out the logical fallacy.  ...

asked on Saturday, Sep 26, 2020 09:38:50 AM by Jason Mathias
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If I die then I have a weak immune system

I have friend who was diagnosed with leukemia.  He has a 25 percent chance of living even with the chemo.  He has refused to take the chemo.  He said that even if chemo had a 100 percent chance of curing him he would still not take it...

asked on Sunday, Sep 20, 2020 01:05:39 AM by Jacob
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