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Dr. Bo's Criteria for Logical Fallacies:

  1. It must be an error in reasoning not a factual error.
  2. It must be commonly applied to an argument either in the form of the argument or in the interpretation of the argument.
  3. 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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Is this Equivocation, Circular Reasoning, or Valid? (Words = "exist" / "existence") (3 days ago)
Is not the "bottom line" argumentum ad bacculum? (4 days ago)
What fallacy is this? (May 16, 2017)
Fallacies by Fictional Characters (May 15, 2017)
"Perception is reality" (May 09, 2017)
Is there a cherry picking without intention and/or selectivity? (May 09, 2017)
What kind of fallacy is it when someone states that because person A has not done everything in his . . . (May 01, 2017)
Is "Where do we draw the line" a slippery slope fallacy? (Apr 17, 2017)
When is a red herring not a red herring. (Apr 14, 2017)
"X is bad, therefore Y is good": what is this fallacy called? (Apr 13, 2017)
What fallacies are being drawn upon with the defence of 'its an isolated incident' (Apr 12, 2017)
Is there a Response Rate Fallacy (if not there should be IMHO) (Apr 01, 2017)
Begging the Question (Mar 30, 2017)
Is there an "Appeal to Motive" fallacy? (Mar 28, 2017)
Does anyone know the name of this fallacy? (Mar 28, 2017)
What is the main difference between the "Appeal to Popularity" and the "Appeal to Common Belief?" (Mar 21, 2017)
Valid, or fallacious? (Mar 16, 2017)
'It's for your own good' fallacy? (Mar 16, 2017)
Is this a fallacy? (Mar 11, 2017)
How do I take the online course? (Mar 10, 2017)
what is fallacy:when someone ask reverse question, in answer to question asked on first place and av. . . (Mar 10, 2017)
Rational v Irrationonal (Mar 05, 2017)
I need a good analogy (Feb 26, 2017)
Appeal to definition (Feb 16, 2017)
Is it "tu quoque" if the speaker answers your accusation by accusing you of a different cr. . . (Feb 15, 2017)
Islamism confused/conflated with racism (Feb 05, 2017)
Are these True fallacies or a subset of another fallacy? (Jan 31, 2017)
Is it possible to change someone's belief with argument and evidence? (Jan 31, 2017)
Averaging Data (Jan 30, 2017)
Official term for "whataboutism"? (Jan 26, 2017)
Calling someone a hypocrite using different facts (Jan 23, 2017)
This seems fallacious (Jan 21, 2017)
Is this statement fallacious? (Jan 12, 2017)
Fallacy of every act is cultural (Jan 07, 2017)
Münchhausen trilemma (Dec 27, 2016)
Question About Authority (Dec 25, 2016)
God Equated to Unicorns (Dec 20, 2016)
Fallacy wherein subjective experience is interpreted as objective? (Dec 16, 2016)
What is the fallacy of sweeping generalization (Dec 13, 2016)
Relationship argument: "You don't want to hang out often as I do, so you don't care as much as . . . (Dec 05, 2016)
Would this be considered a Texas sharpshooter fallacy (Dec 04, 2016)
Is gaslighting a logical fallacy? (Dec 02, 2016)
What kind of fallacy is this: "We have to believe in free will. We've got no choice." (Nov 21, 2016)
what a mess (Nov 20, 2016)
Is this an ad hominem (guilt by association)? (Nov 14, 2016)
The validity of Dawkins' Metaphysical Philosophy (Nov 03, 2016)
I have this form a debate and wanted to see if there is a fallacy: (Nov 01, 2016)
Is the Phonic Fallacy A Real Fallacy? (Oct 28, 2016)
Are these considered to be good analogies? (Oct 26, 2016)
The question of 'proof' challenging the scientific methods of falsification. (Oct 25, 2016)
Question about sources (Oct 21, 2016)
Hi. A little bit confiusing (Oct 18, 2016)
Isn't Socialism being let off of serious analysis when it is not submitted to reality analysis with . . . (Oct 18, 2016)
Beauty = God, Ugly = Man (Oct 17, 2016)
Is there a mirror immage to the 'ad hominem' fallacy? (Oct 16, 2016)
Dada Gunamuktananda: "a rational concept of one all-pervading infinite and eternal consciousnes. . . (Oct 05, 2016)
What is the fallacy here? (Oct 03, 2016)
Quick fallacy check? (Oct 02, 2016)
Trump Fallacy? (Sep 27, 2016)
A form of circularity (Sep 26, 2016)
A new semi-fallacy in Trump's speech? (Sep 25, 2016)
Is this equivocation? (Sep 20, 2016)
All thought is metaphorical (Sep 20, 2016)
Does Wesley C. Salmon beg the question? (Sep 19, 2016)
Is there an "appeal to minority?" (Sep 12, 2016)
Is this a straw man argument? (Sep 11, 2016)
I'm not sure of the type of fallacy used here (Sep 10, 2016)
Cause and effect (Sep 07, 2016)
Premise invalid, if the conclusion is fallacious? (Sep 07, 2016)
You've never experienced X, so you can't have an opinion on it (Sep 05, 2016)
Coincidence or truth? (Sep 02, 2016)
Guilt by Dissociation? (Aug 30, 2016)
Guilt trip fallacy? (Aug 26, 2016)
Worse off? (Aug 21, 2016)
Confusing Result with Initial Purpose (Aug 21, 2016)
Selective Application (Aug 20, 2016)
Question about the Appeal to Possibility (Aug 18, 2016)
If Jesus Christ is not God, then what kind of fallacy is Romans 5:8? (Aug 16, 2016)
Fallacies in Candidate statements? (Aug 16, 2016)
Government Checks (Aug 14, 2016)
if it wasn't for X we wouldn't have Y (Aug 14, 2016)
professor Kamiji argues that anytime the Ghanaian hip hop artiste, blae Sam, travels to his mother's. . . (Aug 11, 2016)
Perception of a problem IS a problem (Aug 11, 2016)
Subjectivity, George Orwell, and Feelings vs. Facts (Aug 10, 2016)
Two questions... (Aug 09, 2016)
Traps in arguments when mentioning ''nature'' and avoiding natural fallacy? (Jul 26, 2016)
This may be a matter of semantics, but I'm trying to pin down what fallacy this is. (Jul 19, 2016)
No True Scotsman Fallacy (Jul 17, 2016)
Socratic philosophy and method of skepticism (Jul 13, 2016)
Beliefs: Irrational or Rational (Jul 13, 2016)
Two potential fallacies? (Jul 08, 2016)
Facebook Meme Fallacies (Jul 04, 2016)
What kind of fallacy is "Try explaining this to victim's parents" (Jul 01, 2016)
Please give an example of the exception to the homunculus fallacy, i.e. infinite regress. (Jun 27, 2016)
This is from Schrödinger, famous quantum mechanics physicist: according to him this is a paradox, n. . . (Jun 27, 2016)
Is it an absolute truth and we can not know absolute truths? (Jun 25, 2016)
Is there a fallacy here? (Jun 22, 2016)
Ad Hominem Guilt By Association - Meme is offensive only if I post it (Jun 20, 2016)
The Watchmaker Analogy? (Jun 20, 2016)
In a nutshell, I'm wondering how far one can parse things with accusations of logical fallacies before it becomes absurd. (May 23, 2016)
Media bias? (May 19, 2016)
Can it be absolutely true that there are no absolute truths? (May 18, 2016)
Appeal to "reality" fallacy? (May 17, 2016)
Is this committing a fallacy/ is it A priori? HELP ASAP (Apr 13, 2016)
Don't know what fallacy this falls under? (Apr 10, 2016)
I Have Some Characteristics of the Group, but not All (Apr 07, 2016)
Are they an analogy or not (Mar 26, 2016)
Comparing apples and oranges? (Mar 25, 2016)
What's the difference between an argument and a discussion? (Mar 25, 2016)
Slippery slope? (Mar 19, 2016)
is this a fallacy? (Mar 13, 2016)
Is this a Middle Ground Fallacy? (Feb 10, 2016)
Are these good analogies? (Feb 08, 2016)
Would this statement be an Appeal to authority fallacy? (Feb 08, 2016)
This information is from the Texas vs Johnson supreme court case about flag buring. Is there a fall. . . (Feb 03, 2016)
fallacy? (Feb 03, 2016)
Is it a fallacy to logically draw a conclusion from a false premise? (Feb 03, 2016)
fallacy in this? (Feb 02, 2016)
My teacher says there is a fallacy in this? Is there and what kind? thanks (Feb 02, 2016)
Is there fallacies for conspiricies/victimhood? (Feb 02, 2016)
Analogy of a fallacy (Feb 01, 2016)
is there a fallacy in this? (Feb 01, 2016)
what kind of fallacy is this and why? (Feb 01, 2016)
Is this an analogy (Feb 01, 2016)
When is it logical and illogical to claim the following (Jan 19, 2016)
causation in two unrelated events (Jan 17, 2016)
Circular reasoning? (Jan 16, 2016)
Is this a false dilemma, or fuzzy logic, or ambiguous fallacy (Jan 14, 2016)
comparison fallacy (Jan 09, 2016)
loaded question fallacy (Jan 08, 2016)
How does one even begin to address outrageous statements as this? (Dec 29, 2015)
An analogy or a fallacy (Dec 28, 2015)
What kind of fallacy is this where one appeals to spare of the moment invented general principle? Is. . . (Dec 26, 2015)
I don't know if this was analogy (Dec 06, 2015)
Is this an analogy (Dec 02, 2015)
Is this an analogy? (Dec 02, 2015)
Is this an analogy (Dec 02, 2015)
The expertise of the victim (Nov 28, 2015)
Can something "count" as true without the support of logic? (Nov 24, 2015)
True or false? (Nov 23, 2015)
How do I tell when I don't know when I think that I do? (Oct 22, 2015)
Can fallacious detecting mode hamper creativity? (Oct 21, 2015)
The rhetorical trick equivalent to the middle ground fallacy (Oct 21, 2015)
Weak or poor argument (Oct 16, 2015)
Is there a logical fallacy around "starting points"? (Oct 15, 2015)
What is it called when it's said, you HAVE to have bad to know good? is that some bullshit or what? (Oct 15, 2015)
What is this fallacy: two things have one (or few) thing(s) in common and you expect them to be the same? (Oct 11, 2015)
What do we mean by natural (When applied to the gay-debate)? (Oct 11, 2015)
Does the "butterfly effect" typify the slippery slope fallacy? (Oct 01, 2015)
How do I repond to claims that you don't understand? (Sep 23, 2015)
'Miracles', and personal testimony (Sep 21, 2015)
Citing APA style (Sep 20, 2015)
Does this question contain a logical fallacy? (Sep 18, 2015)
A recession causes unemployment to rise. We are experiencing an increase in the unemployment rate, s. . . (Sep 13, 2015)
Is this appeals to tradition "It’s discriminatory to mandate that police officers must confir. . . (Sep 13, 2015)
Overcome the absurdity of statement "I am certain there is no certainty" (Sep 12, 2015)
Person A says he recently read that Brand X is manufactured in China. He asks if this is true. Pers. . . (Sep 10, 2015)
An absurd argument posed by a friend about Star Trek. (Sep 09, 2015)
How can I handle mischaracterizations? (Sep 06, 2015)
The best way to defend against an Ad Hominem? (Sep 06, 2015)
The Outsider Test For Faith (Sep 05, 2015)
Which Fallacy and how do you respond (Sep 05, 2015)
Technically true, but overall false? (Sep 03, 2015)
Is the so called by some Chesterton fence fallacy really a fallcy? (Sep 03, 2015)
How do I not Accidently Strawman my opponents when steelmanning them? (Aug 30, 2015)
I judge you to have no ability to judge. (Aug 30, 2015)
What constitutes a good argument? (Aug 23, 2015)
Confusing a possible cause with the only or most important cause (Aug 16, 2015)
What fallacy is this? (Aug 14, 2015)
Is this a fallacy? (Aug 14, 2015)
Are the following syllogisms valid or invalid? (Aug 11, 2015)
'Cosmological', and 'epistemological', arguments for a 'god'(s) (Aug 10, 2015)
Do non-fallacious cases of argument from ignorance exist? (Aug 10, 2015)
Have I identified the correct fallacies in my Christian friend's argument? (Aug 08, 2015)
Is there any utility in logical fallacies taxonomies? (Aug 07, 2015)
Name the fallacies (Aug 07, 2015)
What are some formal and/or informal logical fallacies that we have to pay attention to when we eval. . . (Aug 05, 2015)
How do we get better at identifying fallacies by name and is it necessary? (Aug 04, 2015)
Can we conclude with certainty that we are going to die? (Aug 04, 2015)
Heard this on an old Larry King episode (Aug 03, 2015)
Are fit people narcissistic? (Aug 03, 2015)
Which Fallacy is this and how to respond to person B? (Aug 03, 2015)
Is not the belief in the existance of a supernatural being (God) a logical fallacy? (Aug 03, 2015)
What is the relationship (assuming there is one) between logical fallacies in general and cognitive . . . (Jul 31, 2015)
Your marriage ended in divorce, therefore the relationship was a failure. Is this fallacious reasoni. . . (Jul 30, 2015)
does it matter if a explanation is ad hoc if it is true? (Jul 18, 2015)
The Broken AC Fallacy? (Jul 16, 2015)
Is complete acceptance of the esoteric interpretations of the ancient holy texts fallacy? (Jul 10, 2015)
Is your example of the base rate fallacy actually fallacious? (Jul 02, 2015)
If we can't identify any logical fallacies in an argument it is very likely that the argument is val. . . (Jun 26, 2015)
Definitions as circular a must? (Jun 22, 2015)
What fallacy is this? Formal name? (Jun 12, 2015)
What fallacy is found in this text? (Jun 09, 2015)
Inference Fallacy? (Jun 09, 2015)
How to stop and infinite regression (Jun 01, 2015)
Health, wealth, and prosperity fallacy (Jun 01, 2015)
Are the brain and the mind different things? (May 29, 2015)
What is the fallacy in this book? (May 18, 2015)
How do I know if I am simply rehearsing my prejudices? (May 07, 2015)
What are the fallacies in this Twitter post via Deepak Chopra: "Being cannot be perceived, imag. . . (May 03, 2015)
Is "X Depends on Y" Fallacious? (May 01, 2015)
How do I respond to presuppositionalist's claim that circular logic is not fallacious? (Apr 30, 2015)
Can you dismiss arguments on the grounds that they are fallacious? (Apr 27, 2015)
Is this an example of a beard fallacy? (Apr 24, 2015)
Does Doestoesvki's quote "If God doesn't exist everything is permitted?" contains any logical fallacies? (Apr 16, 2015)
Could you give me some example of logical fallacy ? (Apr 05, 2015)
Does the top video Strawman Pascal's wager? (Mar 30, 2015)
How do I counter the gish gallop in a typed debate? (Mar 30, 2015)
Is trying to prove something exists via pure reason fallacious? (Mar 29, 2015)
Does "X is immoral" arguments beg the question? (Mar 29, 2015)
Is the roadrunner tactic fallacious? (Mar 29, 2015)
Is "Guns don't kill people. People kill people" a fallacy? (Mar 22, 2015)
Is the argument "vitamin C stops colds" anecdotal? (Mar 22, 2015)
Appeal to Nature vs. Naturalistic Fallacy (Mar 19, 2015)
How? (Mar 19, 2015)
Advertisement (Mar 12, 2015)
Why am I constantly attacked? (Mar 12, 2015)
What type of fallacy (Mar 05, 2015)
What is appeal to force? (Mar 02, 2015)
If you counter with a fallacious argument..... (Mar 01, 2015)
Sexiest Man Alive Fallacy? (Feb 28, 2015)
Fallacies Identifying (Feb 22, 2015)
Is there such thing as a sexist fallacy? (Feb 15, 2015)
Is authority a fallacy? (Feb 13, 2015)
Is this a strawman fallacy? (Feb 10, 2015)
I recently heard an argument somewhere about why do many Africans Americans believe in Christianity . . . (Feb 06, 2015)
What is the difference between "appeal to ignorance" v "proving non-existence"? (Feb 05, 2015)
What is the difference between hasty generalization and sweeping generalization? (Jan 26, 2015)
Is this an example of the Ludic Fallacy? (Jan 15, 2015)
Broadcast Journalism Affectation. Fallacious? (Jan 15, 2015)
Does the following argument beg the question? :"The belief in God is universal. After all, ever. . . (Dec 30, 2014)
Does a person claiming God does not exist have the burden of proof? (Dec 29, 2014)
Swallowing the red herring? (Dec 24, 2014)
What kind of fallacy is this? (Dec 23, 2014)
Is it a fallacy to say, "I can't be happy under those circumstances"? (Dec 18, 2014)
If the earth is the subject, and there is only one earth, is controlled study weakened? (Dec 17, 2014)
If a premise is demonstrably untrue, does it automatically beg the question? (Dec 16, 2014)
Ad Hominem argument/fallacy (Nov 26, 2014)
What kind of fallacy is this? (Nov 22, 2014)
"X happened to me, and I turned out okay, therefore X is not harmful." Is this a Fallacy? (Nov 20, 2014)
Is "I know what I know" fallacious? (Nov 16, 2014)
"Anime are children's cartoons." Fallacious? (Nov 16, 2014)
Is "I'm just doing my job" a fallacy? (Nov 10, 2014)
Is this a fallacy? It seems like an attempt to short-circuit Reason... (Nov 04, 2014)
Is there an Anti-Appeal To Common Belief Fallacy? (Nov 03, 2014)
Is the failure to accept Objective Reality a fallacy? (Oct 31, 2014)
"Is" is not "Not": "Not" is not "Is" <--- a Circular Reasoning Fallacy? (Oct 30, 2014)
What example of fallacy is "If such actions were not illegal, then they would not be prohibited by the law"? (Oct 28, 2014)
When expressing that poverty is a real issue in the US, my friend responds with "we are far bet. . . (Oct 14, 2014)
You wouldn't understand, you never served in the military (Sep 25, 2014)
Is the example below a fallacy? (Sep 22, 2014)
Is it a fallacy if a person won't accept that he or she committed a fallacy? (Sep 14, 2014)
Is appealing to the Holy Spirit and Miracle a fallacy? (Sep 10, 2014)
How to counter "appeal to faith"? (Sep 08, 2014)
Is failure to elucidate the opposite of occam's razor? (Aug 31, 2014)
One person [person 1] says she is sickened and numbed by the number of killings in this country in w. . . (Aug 31, 2014)
Is it a fallacy to suggest that a lack of proof is the same as something being dis-proven? (Aug 31, 2014)
Why is accepting a scientific consensus rational? (Aug 31, 2014)
Is there a fallacy in the argument, "Guns don't kill people, people kill people"? (Aug 31, 2014)
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