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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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#appeal to authority
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#logic
#psychogenetic
appeal to common belief
Wed, Sep 18, 2019 - 01:35 AM

ARE MENTAL DISORDERS A LOGICAL OXYMORON FALLACY?

ARE MENTAL DISORDERS A LOGICAL OXYMORON FALLACY?
THE MIND IS A PHILOSOPHICAL CONSTRUCT
DRUGS ARE PHYSICAL
HUM??



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Print Wed, Sep 18, 2019 - 10:33 AM
1. Dr. Bo's point is a good one. Here's an article in the Encyclopedia of Philosophy:

https://www.iep.utm.edu/mental-i/

2. Also, there is an argument made by some authorities that mental illnesses are at least partly of biological origin. Here's one point of view:

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00521-2

And here is another. This article is very technical but is available at university libraries.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5887839/






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Bo's personal motto is "Expose an irrational belief, keep a person rational for a day. Expose irrational thinking, keep a person rational for a lifetime."  Much of his charitable work is in the area of education—not teaching people what to think, but how to think.  His projects include his book, The Concept: A Critical and Honest Look at God and Religion, and Logically Fallacious, the most comprehensive collection of logical fallacies.  Bo's personal blog is called Relationship With Reason, where he writes about several topics related to critical thinking.  His secular (humanistic) philosophy is detailed at PositiveHumanism.com.
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Print Wed, Sep 18, 2019 - 05:02 AM
Hi Richard,

This wouldn't be a fallacy because it is not at all related to argumentation. You are alluding to the mind-body problem in philosophy, which is indeed an interesting discussion.

Update: Thursday, Sep 19, 2019 05:28 AM

I received this anonymous comment:

HA!! TOO AFRAID TO ADMIT TRUTH HEY??

I found this to be a very strange response to my answer. The truth is that this still isn't a fallacy. I have a feeling the commenter wants to get into a philosophical debate of the mind-body problem and this simply isn't the forum for that. I have written about this topic several times when discussing freewill in my books where the discussion was appropriate, but... The bottom line is that the mind is a function of the physical brain. When we make physical changes to the brain (via surgery, physical injury, or drugs) the mind is often affected (alcohol and recreational drugs demonstrate this perfectly well). If there is any "truth" that people like to avoid, it is that the body follows deterministic laws with the chance of some quantum indeterminacy (not "freewill") and the mind simply responds after-the-fact giving us the illusion of control (closes the can of worms).
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