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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What is the fallacy for the deliberate use of big words to confuse the audience?

Hi, I've tried sifting through the hundreds of fallacies, but I haven't managed to find the one I'm looking for. Perhaps I skipped over it. I'm looking for the fallacy of using a big/uncommon vocabulary in order to gain credibility, or confuse othe...

asked on Sunday, Jul 19, 2020 11:51:42 PM by Wishez

Person A is a racist.  Person B supports Person A Therefore, Person B is ok with racism. 

asked on Sunday, Jul 19, 2020 02:09:36 PM by DanielStrobbe
Fallacies in end of time Prophecies

Where I’m from, popular commentary on current affairs involves saying these are signs of the end of times, because for example: a prophecy said that the worst among men will be their leaders. What fallacies are being appealed to in this sort ...

asked on Thursday, Jul 16, 2020 02:34:43 AM by Hassan
What do you guys think about this argument against the riots?

Remember, im not making this argument, im just re-saying it to you guys so i can now you thoughts, the argument usually goes like this:   The riots are causing many buildings to be destroyed. Destruction is bad. (implied) Therefore the rio...

asked on Thursday, Jul 16, 2020 01:35:07 AM by Trevor
Opinion vs Failure to Elucidate

An example given of the Failure to Elucidate fallacy is, "Guns don't kill people, people kill people." It's a simple statement, but doesn't give us any clues as to what the argument - if there is one - is. Hence, we get a fallacy according to Dr ...

asked on Tuesday, Jul 14, 2020 08:39:21 PM by Rationalissimo
Mandating Mask-Wearing by Logical Fallacy?

Recently the Missoula County Commissioners joined with the Missoula City Mayor to mandate ( make mandatory ) the wearing of cloth face masks when indoors in any public setting.  The justification proffered as basis for this mandate by both the ...

asked on Monday, Jul 13, 2020 11:16:52 AM by Citizen Irrelevant
Evolution is just a theory

"Evolution is just a theory."  Equivocation Fallacy Scientific theories are different than theories in the everyday sense. A theory in the everyday sense is just a wild guess. A theory in the scientific sense is the best explanation explai...

asked on Sunday, Jul 12, 2020 08:53:03 PM by Jason Mathias
Everyday Irrationality: Conflation of Cause and Effect

If you've been paying attention to Twitter lately (a showcase for the Latest and Greatest in Failures of Human Cognition) you'll have noticed the claim that certain forms of speech can be considered "violence". Not just "violent", but a form of viol...

asked on Sunday, Jul 12, 2020 06:01:39 PM by Rationalissimo
Everyday Irrationality: "Not an argument!"

Remember MolyMeme? His catchphrase used to be something along the lines of, "not an argument!" every single time someone made what he perceived to be a non-argument or a simple opinion. I was wondering how productive and logically valid this is, giv...

asked on Sunday, Jul 12, 2020 04:53:00 PM by Rationalissimo
All things happen for a reason

So I'll start this off with the situation. I have this friend, who mostly just wants to shitpost and joke around, and act based/woke all the time, but how the argument started, I don't know. The topic was if all things happen for a reason, whether i...

asked on Saturday, Jul 11, 2020 05:03:25 AM by Jeffrey Woods