Ask Your Questions About Logical Fallacies

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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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Group/reverse group fallacy?

As the storming of the US capitol by supporters of a certain man having lost his office just occurred a couple of hours ago, I keep seeing this (admittedly paraphrased) statement (and variations of it) pop up often in regards to the lax and overwhel...

asked on Thursday, Jan 07, 2021 05:45:16 AM by Douglas Arndell
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What's this fallacy? The proof will come...

Following the attack on the Capitol this week, a caller to CSPAN made an assertion that the MAGA hat wearing, Trump flag carrying "protesters" were actually Antifa in disguise.  When asked what evidence there was for that, he said "You'll see, ...

asked on Wednesday, Jan 06, 2021 10:11:29 PM by Jim Cliff
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A possible different version of the Gish Gallop Fallacy?

I saw an argument today that went like this: "Wikileaks just dumped all of their files online. Everything from Hillary Clinton's emails, McCain's being guilty, Vegas shooting done by an FBI sniper, Steve Jobs HIV letter, PedoPodesta, Afghanistan, S...

asked on Sunday, Jan 03, 2021 01:56:29 PM by Jason Mathias
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Can there be a reverse of the No True Scotsman fallacy?

Hello,  I've learned about the No True Scotsman fallacy from atheists, who, when pointing out an harmful action done by Christians receive responses from Christians who will say "Well, real Christians don't do that." After reading from this we...

asked on Sunday, Jan 03, 2021 06:13:08 AM by Ryan
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Impossiblity - Burden of proof

Recently I got into a discussion where someone expressed their incredulity regarding the ability of NASA to continue receiving transmissions from the Voyager 1 probe. They said it is ridiculous to think that radio signals from a 20 watt transmitter ...

asked on Saturday, Jan 02, 2021 01:45:12 PM by Daniel
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"Homonym fallacies"

Is there a Homonym Fallacy, i.e. two words that are spelled differently, mean different things but are pronounced the same? For example:  "The reign in Spain was different 60 years ago." Different regime. "The rain in Spain was different 60 yea...

asked on Friday, Jan 01, 2021 05:09:40 PM by Michael
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Classifications are Groups fallacy

I see a lot of a particular intellectual error going around in politics, history and media.  That is the identification of a classification group based upon a given attribute, which in itself is valid endeavor and then the ascription of a colle...

asked on Thursday, Dec 31, 2020 11:23:24 AM by GoblinCookie
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Taxonomies for fallacies

We know that there are several taxonomies for fallacies. This fantastic site, when explaining a fallacy, does not refer to any classification (except to distinguish similar cases). Is there a reason for this choice?

asked on Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020 02:03:04 PM by Mauro M.
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Taste Pleasure

What would be the best description for the fallacy that attempts to justify killing animals for the sake of taste pleasure? All I'm ever able to muster up in response to this sort of reasoning is something along the lines of "Those two ideas just a...

asked on Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020 11:13:54 AM by Sam
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Denail of Germ theory was slothful induction?

If you were a qualified biologist and a friend of John Snow, and he showed you a very strong case for germ theory and you refused to accept it until there was a consensus amongst the scientific community, would you be committing slothful induction? ...

asked on Wednesday, Dec 30, 2020 09:46:18 AM by Noah
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