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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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What Fallacy would this be? (14 hours ago)
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What Fallacy would this be? (20 hours ago)
What Fallacy would this be? (21 hours ago)
Why worry about SEVERE FINES/DEATH SENTENCE if you follow the rules? (Nov 29, 2019)
Why worry about SEVERE FINES/DEATH SENTENCE if you follow the rules? (Nov 28, 2019)
Why worry about SEVERE FINES/DEATH SENTENCE if you follow the rules? (Nov 28, 2019)
Appeal to authority? (Nov 24, 2019)
Appeal to authority? (Nov 24, 2019)
Appeal to authority? (Nov 24, 2019)
Never-Ending Chain of Questionable Reasoning (Nov 23, 2019)
Never-Ending Chain of Questionable Reasoning (Nov 22, 2019)
Never-Ending Chain of Questionable Reasoning (Nov 22, 2019)
Help (Nov 21, 2019)
Help (Nov 14, 2019)
Is "pulling the race card" in this situation a valid example of Ad hominem (circumstantial)? (Nov 21, 2019)
Is "pulling the race card" in this situation a valid example of Ad hominem (circumstantial)? (Nov 19, 2019)
Is "I'm entitled to my opinion" in this situation a fallacy? (Nov 19, 2019)
What kind of fallacy? Negative hypothesis? (Nov 17, 2019)
What kind of fallacy? Negative hypothesis? (Nov 17, 2019)
This seems an invalid syllogism, is it? Life begins at conception...Abortion is murder...therefore Murder is wrong. (Nov 17, 2019)
I need help with this fallacy (Nov 17, 2019)
I need help with this fallacy (Nov 15, 2019)
Are moral values circular ?? (Nov 17, 2019)
Are moral values circular ?? (Nov 17, 2019)
I need help with this fallacy (Nov 16, 2019)
This seems an invalid syllogism, is it? Life begins at conception...Abortion is murder...therefore Murder is wrong. (Nov 16, 2019)
Is "I'm entitled to my opinion" in this situation a fallacy? (Nov 16, 2019)
Is "I'm entitled to my opinion" in this situation a fallacy? (Nov 16, 2019)
What fallacy is this: a solution is presented, suggesting that a problem exists? (Nov 15, 2019)
What fallacy is this: a solution is presented, suggesting that a problem exists? (Nov 15, 2019)
When you need more time to prove even if you have been proven wrong again and again (Nov 14, 2019)
When you need more time to prove even if you have been proven wrong again and again (Nov 14, 2019)
Anyone know this fallacy? (Nov 14, 2019)
Anyone know this fallacy? (Nov 14, 2019)
Which fallacies are these? (Nov 14, 2019)
Which fallacies are these? (Nov 13, 2019)
I think that this is a fallacy of ambiguity, can you please help me confirm? (Nov 14, 2019)
I think that this is a fallacy of ambiguity, can you please help me confirm? (Nov 13, 2019)
I think that this is a fallacy of ambiguity, can you please help me confirm? (Nov 12, 2019)
My Father refuses to accept any form of reasoning when I explain a school problem. (Nov 12, 2019)
My Father refuses to accept any form of reasoning when I explain a school problem. (Nov 12, 2019)
My Father refuses to accept any form of reasoning when I explain a school problem. (Nov 12, 2019)
My Father refuses to accept any form of reasoning when I explain a school problem. (Nov 12, 2019)
My Father refuses to accept any form of reasoning when I explain a school problem. (Nov 11, 2019)
My Father refuses to accept any form of reasoning when I explain a school problem. (Nov 12, 2019)
My Father refuses to accept any form of reasoning when I explain a school problem. (Nov 11, 2019)
My Father refuses to accept any form of reasoning when I explain a school problem. (Nov 11, 2019)
Everyone is "Just Insecure", "Just Jealous", or "just Overcompensating". . . (Nov 11, 2019)
Everyone is "Just Insecure", "Just Jealous", or "just Overcompensating". . . (Nov 10, 2019)
Everyone is "Just Insecure", "Just Jealous", or "just Overcompensating". . . (Nov 11, 2019)
Everyone is "Just Insecure", "Just Jealous", or "just Overcompensating". . . (Nov 11, 2019)
Everyone is "Just Insecure", "Just Jealous", or "just Overcompensating". . . (Nov 11, 2019)
Everyone is "Just Insecure", "Just Jealous", or "just Overcompensating". . . (Nov 11, 2019)
Fallacy name of jumping from definition of x to "x doesn't exist"? (Nov 07, 2019)
Fallacy name of jumping from definition of x to "x doesn't exist"? (Nov 07, 2019)
Making up fallacies (Nov 03, 2019)
Is this a Definist and/or False dichotomy Fallacy? (Nov 02, 2019)
Is this a Definist and/or False dichotomy Fallacy? (Nov 02, 2019)
Apparently ad populum AND circular! (Nov 01, 2019)
Apparently ad populum AND circular! (Oct 31, 2019)
Is this a Definist and/or False dichotomy Fallacy? (Nov 01, 2019)
Is this a Definist and/or False dichotomy Fallacy? (Nov 01, 2019)
Is this a Definist and/or False dichotomy Fallacy? (Nov 01, 2019)
Is this a Definist and/or False dichotomy Fallacy? (Nov 01, 2019)
If it works in china, it must also work in india (Nov 01, 2019)
Is this a Definist and/or False dichotomy Fallacy? (Oct 31, 2019)
Apparently ad populum AND circular! (Oct 31, 2019)
"She dressed provocatively - i.e. she "asked for it" (Oct 28, 2019)
"She dressed provocatively - i.e. she "asked for it" (Oct 28, 2019)
"She dressed provocatively - i.e. she "asked for it" (Oct 28, 2019)
'If we can't get it right in education, we can't get it right anywhere else.' (Oct 28, 2019)
'If we can't get it right in education, we can't get it right anywhere else.' (Oct 28, 2019)
'If we can't get it right in education, we can't get it right anywhere else.' (Oct 28, 2019)
If it works in china, it must also work in india (Oct 27, 2019)
If it works in china, it must also work in india (Oct 27, 2019)
If it works in china, it must also work in india (Oct 27, 2019)
"She dressed provocatively - i.e. she "asked for it" (Oct 27, 2019)
Is this a fallacy if so, what is it called? (Oct 27, 2019)
Is this a fallacy if so, what is it called? (Oct 27, 2019)
Is this a fallacy if so, what is it called? (Oct 27, 2019)
Making up fallacies (Oct 22, 2019)
Making up fallacies (Oct 25, 2019)
Making up fallacies (Oct 25, 2019)
Making up fallacies (Oct 25, 2019)
Making up fallacies (Oct 24, 2019)
Making up fallacies (Oct 22, 2019)
Making up fallacies (Oct 22, 2019)
Making up fallacies (Oct 22, 2019)
Making up fallacies (Oct 22, 2019)
Making up fallacies (Oct 22, 2019)
Are theses sentence fallacious? If so which fallacies? (Oct 21, 2019)
Are these fallacies, if so which fallacies? (Oct 21, 2019)
I saw this question today on Quora and immediately shared it here (Oct 21, 2019)
Are these fallacies, if so which fallacies? (Oct 21, 2019)
Are theses sentence fallacious? If so which fallacies? (Oct 20, 2019)
Are theses sentence fallacious? If so which fallacies? (Oct 21, 2019)
I saw this question today on Quora and immediately shared it here (Oct 20, 2019)
I saw this question today on Quora and immediately shared it here (Oct 01, 2019)
Are these fallacies, if so which fallacies? (Oct 20, 2019)
What fallacy is this? (Oct 18, 2019)
What fallacy is this? (Oct 17, 2019)
Creating Kafkaesque systems deliberately to dissuade competition, make is super difficult (Oct 18, 2019)
Creating Kafkaesque systems deliberately to dissuade competition, make is super difficult (Oct 11, 2019)
Creating Kafkaesque systems deliberately to dissuade competition, make is super difficult (Oct 18, 2019)
What fallacy is this? (Oct 18, 2019)
What fallacy is this? (Oct 18, 2019)
What fallacy is this? (Oct 18, 2019)
What fallacy is this? (Oct 18, 2019)
Does a pattern constitute evidence, logic or both? (Oct 14, 2019)
Creating Kafkaesque systems deliberately to dissuade competition, make is super difficult (Oct 13, 2019)
Does a pattern constitute evidence, logic or both? (Oct 13, 2019)
Does a pattern constitute evidence, logic or both? (Oct 13, 2019)
Does a pattern constitute evidence, logic or both? (Oct 13, 2019)
How would you characterise the fallacies in this statement: "If prisoners receive free meals, w. . . (Oct 13, 2019)
How would you characterise the fallacies in this statement: "If prisoners receive free meals, w. . . (Oct 13, 2019)
Creating Kafkaesque systems deliberately to dissuade competition, make is super difficult (Oct 12, 2019)
How would you characterise the fallacies in this statement: "If prisoners receive free meals, w. . . (Oct 10, 2019)
Good Does Not Offset Bad (Oct 10, 2019)
Good Does Not Offset Bad (Oct 10, 2019)
Good Does Not Offset Bad (Oct 10, 2019)
Good Does Not Offset Bad (Oct 10, 2019)
Good Does Not Offset Bad (Oct 10, 2019)
Good Does Not Offset Bad (Oct 10, 2019)
How would you characterise the fallacies in this statement: "If prisoners receive free meals, w. . . (Oct 10, 2019)
fallacy of intended use (Oct 09, 2019)
fallacy of intended use (Oct 08, 2019)
fallacy of intended use (Oct 08, 2019)
fallacy of intended use (Oct 08, 2019)
fallacy of intended use (Oct 08, 2019)
fallacy of intended use (Oct 08, 2019)
ARE MENTAL DISORDERS A LOGICAL OXYMORON FALLACY? (Sep 18, 2019)
Asking extremely basic questions to win arguments - Name the bias or the fallacy at play (Oct 05, 2019)
Is it that easy to manipulate people ? (Oct 05, 2019)
Is it that easy to manipulate people ? (Sep 28, 2019)
Asking extremely basic questions to win arguments - Name the bias or the fallacy at play (Oct 05, 2019)
Asking extremely basic questions to win arguments - Name the bias or the fallacy at play (Oct 04, 2019)
Never Being Named Directly - Fallacy or Fair Argument? (Oct 03, 2019)
Asking extremely basic questions to win arguments - Name the bias or the fallacy at play (Oct 02, 2019)
Asking extremely basic questions to win arguments - Name the bias or the fallacy at play (Oct 02, 2019)
I saw this question today on Quora and immediately shared it here (Oct 02, 2019)
Never Being Named Directly - Fallacy or Fair Argument? (Oct 02, 2019)
Never Being Named Directly - Fallacy or Fair Argument? (Oct 01, 2019)
I saw this question today on Quora and immediately shared it here (Oct 01, 2019)
Never Being Named Directly - Fallacy or Fair Argument? (Sep 30, 2019)
Is it that easy to manipulate people ? (Oct 01, 2019)
Never Being Named Directly - Fallacy or Fair Argument? (Oct 01, 2019)
Never Being Named Directly - Fallacy or Fair Argument? (Sep 30, 2019)
Never Being Named Directly - Fallacy or Fair Argument? (Sep 30, 2019)
Never Being Named Directly - Fallacy or Fair Argument? (Sep 30, 2019)
Asking extremely basic questions to win arguments - Name the bias or the fallacy at play (Sep 30, 2019)
Asking extremely basic questions to win arguments - Name the bias or the fallacy at play (Sep 30, 2019)
Asking extremely basic questions to win arguments - Name the bias or the fallacy at play (Sep 30, 2019)
Asking extremely basic questions to win arguments - Name the bias or the fallacy at play (Sep 30, 2019)
Is it that easy to manipulate people ? (Sep 30, 2019)
Asking extremely basic questions to win arguments - Name the bias or the fallacy at play (Sep 30, 2019)
Asking extremely basic questions to win arguments - Name the bias or the fallacy at play (Sep 29, 2019)
Asking extremely basic questions to win arguments - Name the bias or the fallacy at play (Sep 29, 2019)
Is it that easy to manipulate people ? (Sep 29, 2019)
Is it that easy to manipulate people ? (Sep 29, 2019)
Is it that easy to manipulate people ? (Sep 29, 2019)
The Euthyphro Fallacy? (Sep 28, 2019)
The Euthyphro Fallacy? (Sep 28, 2019)
The Euthyphro Fallacy? (Sep 27, 2019)
The Euthyphro Fallacy? (Sep 02, 2019)
Is presenting the number of academic citations an appeal to authority? (Sep 26, 2019)
Is presenting the number of academic citations an appeal to authority? (Aug 28, 2019)
10,000 People Can't Keep a Secret = Red Herring? (Sep 25, 2019)
10,000 People Can't Keep a Secret = Red Herring? (Sep 25, 2019)
10,000 People Can't Keep a Secret = Red Herring? (Sep 25, 2019)
True Statement, yet still an Argument from Incredulity? (Sep 25, 2019)
True Statement, yet still an Argument from Incredulity? (Sep 20, 2019)
10,000 People Can't Keep a Secret = Red Herring? (Sep 25, 2019)
10,000 People Can't Keep a Secret = Red Herring? (Sep 22, 2019)
10,000 People Can't Keep a Secret = Red Herring? (Sep 24, 2019)
10,000 People Can't Keep a Secret = Red Herring? (Sep 23, 2019)
10,000 People Can't Keep a Secret = Red Herring? (Sep 23, 2019)
10,000 People Can't Keep a Secret = Red Herring? (Sep 22, 2019)
10,000 People Can't Keep a Secret = Red Herring? (Sep 22, 2019)
10,000 People Can't Keep a Secret = Red Herring? (Sep 22, 2019)
10,000 People Can't Keep a Secret = Red Herring? (Sep 22, 2019)
10,000 People Can't Keep a Secret = Red Herring? (Sep 22, 2019)
True Statement, yet still an Argument from Incredulity? (Sep 22, 2019)
10,000 People Can't Keep a Secret = Red Herring? (Sep 22, 2019)
10,000 People Can't Keep a Secret = Red Herring? (Sep 22, 2019)
True Statement, yet still an Argument from Incredulity? (Sep 22, 2019)
True Statement, yet still an Argument from Incredulity? (Sep 22, 2019)
True Statement, yet still an Argument from Incredulity? (Sep 22, 2019)
True Statement, yet still an Argument from Incredulity? (Sep 22, 2019)
True Statement, yet still an Argument from Incredulity? (Sep 21, 2019)
True Statement, yet still an Argument from Incredulity? (Sep 21, 2019)
Is presenting the number of academic citations an appeal to authority? (Sep 21, 2019)
True Statement, yet still an Argument from Incredulity? (Sep 21, 2019)
Is presenting the number of academic citations an appeal to authority? (Sep 20, 2019)
The Euthyphro Fallacy? (Sep 19, 2019)
Is presenting the number of academic citations an appeal to authority? (Sep 19, 2019)
ARE MENTAL DISORDERS A LOGICAL OXYMORON FALLACY? (Sep 19, 2019)
Can't be true, because look at this exception ... (Sep 18, 2019)
Planned Parenthood sells body parts, and the objection is based on what? (Sep 18, 2019)
Planned Parenthood sells body parts, and the objection is based on what? (Sep 16, 2019)
Can't be true, because look at this exception ... (Sep 18, 2019)
Can't be true, because look at this exception ... (Sep 18, 2019)
Can't be true, because look at this exception ... (Sep 17, 2019)
ARE MENTAL DISORDERS A LOGICAL OXYMORON FALLACY? (Sep 18, 2019)
The Euthyphro Fallacy? (Sep 17, 2019)
Planned Parenthood sells body parts, and the objection is based on what? (Sep 17, 2019)
Guilt by Association? Or something else? (Sep 17, 2019)
Planned Parenthood sells body parts, and the objection is based on what? (Sep 17, 2019)
Pfull of Pfallacies? (Sep 17, 2019)
Pfull of Pfallacies? (Sep 17, 2019)
The Euthyphro Fallacy? (Sep 17, 2019)
Planned Parenthood sells body parts, and the objection is based on what? (Sep 17, 2019)
Pfull of Pfallacies? (Sep 16, 2019)
Pfull of Pfallacies? (Sep 16, 2019)
Guilt by Association? Or something else? (Sep 16, 2019)
Guilt by Association? Or something else? (Sep 13, 2019)
The Euthyphro Fallacy? (Sep 16, 2019)
"You can't prove a negative" (Sep 16, 2019)
"You can't prove a negative" (Sep 15, 2019)
"You can't prove a negative" (Sep 14, 2019)
Guilt by Association? Or something else? (Sep 15, 2019)
"You can't prove a negative" (Sep 14, 2019)
Guilt by Association? Or something else? (Sep 14, 2019)
Guilt by Association? Or something else? (Sep 14, 2019)
Guilt by Association? Or something else? (Sep 14, 2019)
Guilt by Association? Or something else? (Sep 14, 2019)
Guilt by Association? Or something else? (Sep 13, 2019)
The Euthyphro Fallacy? (Sep 10, 2019)
Is presenting the number of academic citations an appeal to authority? (Sep 08, 2019)
Is presenting the number of academic citations an appeal to authority? (Sep 07, 2019)
The Euthyphro Fallacy? (Sep 06, 2019)
I need the words for what I’m thinking. Help! (Sep 06, 2019)
Is there a logical fallacy in the following statement? (Sep 05, 2019)
Is there a logical fallacy in the following statement? (Sep 05, 2019)
Deferring causal attribution to parts of the whole (Sep 05, 2019)
Deferring causal attribution to parts of the whole (Sep 05, 2019)
What is the difference between hasty generalization and sweeping generalization? (Sep 05, 2019)
Deferring causal attribution to parts of the whole (Sep 05, 2019)
Deferring causal attribution to parts of the whole (Sep 03, 2019)

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