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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Fallacy?

People at ancient time saw sun and moon orbiting in a round path, therefore they knew that earth is round because it can only happen when earth is round

asked on Thursday, Sep 02, 2021 10:09:02 PM by Lynx Ssss
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Is this an example of a category error?

Materialism is the view that nothing but the material exists (roughly speaking, physical stuff, composed of particles). The idea of souls, spirits, disembodied consciousness is rejected outright. In the argument against materialism, this was propose...

asked on Wednesday, Sep 01, 2021 03:50:20 PM by Jim
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Jumping to conclusions?

1. You sign up in google account. 2. Google asks the username. 3. He didn't told you should write your real name. 4. He also didn't told you should write fake user name. 5. Therefore, you can write anything.

asked on Sunday, Aug 29, 2021 10:00:50 AM by Lynx Ssss
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What fallacy is this?

P1: Many indicated that they never know what to expect from their students and thought that metal detectors would be a safe solution to unexpected circumstances. P2: 57 percent of teachers agreed that metal detectors would help the school become a...

asked on Saturday, Aug 28, 2021 11:42:52 PM by Jacob
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Is this post hoc fallacy, hasty generalization, both, or something else?

P1: Harvard is one of the top schools in the world P2: Harvard only accepts smart students C: Therefore, if I got accepted into Harvard, I am smart There's another variant of this argument P1: Harvard is one of the top schools in the world P2: ...

asked on Friday, Aug 27, 2021 04:40:34 PM by adam
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Fallacy?

1. Elephants are awesome. 2. Micheal is awesome. 3. Therefore, Micheal is an elephant

asked on Thursday, Aug 26, 2021 11:25:41 PM by Lynx Ssss
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Joe Biden is president, because the sky is blue.

This is pretty basic, what fallacy is that?

asked on Thursday, Aug 26, 2021 09:21:41 PM by Alex Hosking
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Is there a name for this error in reasoning?

 I was thinking of a particular error of reasoning today, and I couldn't remember if there was a fallacy name for it. I searched around and didn't find it. It seems like a formal fallacy, as it's a set-logic error. Imagine the following scenar...

asked on Thursday, Aug 26, 2021 02:32:04 AM by Shadow Starshine
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Police Stop

Michael: *taking video or pictures in public including a parked police car* police: Hey! Stop. Why are you taking pictures of our police car? Michael: I don’t have to answer your question. Am i free to go? police: No. you are being detained...

asked on Wednesday, Aug 25, 2021 04:29:47 AM by VanDisease
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Is Many Eyes a Fallacy?

Crowdsourcers often repeats this idea that because so many people are looking at something that it is less likely to get bad stuff through. While this can follow rationally, we have issues like Kitty Genovese which indicate the opposite is true, the...

asked on Sunday, Aug 22, 2021 10:46:33 PM by kacy trever
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