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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 a red herring or something else? Use of two word phrase to comment on a much larger argument. . . (10 hours ago)
Is this a red herring or something else? Use of two word phrase to comment on a much larger argument. . . (16 hours ago)
Is this a red herring or something else? Use of two word phrase to comment on a much larger argument. . . (23 hours ago)
Is this a red herring or something else? Use of two word phrase to comment on a much larger argument. . . (25 hours ago)
Is this a red herring or something else? Use of two word phrase to comment on a much larger argument. . . (60 hours ago)
Is this a red herring or something else? Use of two word phrase to comment on a much larger argument. . . (26 hours ago)
Is this a red herring or something else? Use of two word phrase to comment on a much larger argument. . . (39 hours ago)
Is this a red herring or something else? Use of two word phrase to comment on a much larger argument. . . (49 hours ago)
Is this a red herring or something else? Use of two word phrase to comment on a much larger argument. . . (60 hours ago)
Bait and Switch (Oct 15, 2018)
Bait and Switch (Oct 12, 2018)
Official term for "whataboutism"? (Oct 06, 2018)
Official term for "whataboutism"? (Oct 05, 2018)
Official term for "whataboutism"? (Oct 05, 2018)
Official term for "whataboutism"? (Jan 26, 2017)
The historians fallacy and moral relativism. (Oct 05, 2018)
The historians fallacy and moral relativism. (Sep 30, 2018)
The historians fallacy and moral relativism. (Oct 05, 2018)
Official term for "whataboutism"? (Oct 05, 2018)
What fallacy? (Oct 04, 2018)
Official term for "whataboutism"? (Oct 04, 2018)
What fallacy? (Oct 03, 2018)
What fallacy? (Oct 03, 2018)
What fallacy? (Oct 01, 2018)
What fallacy? (Oct 03, 2018)
What fallacy? (Oct 02, 2018)
What fallacy? (Oct 02, 2018)
The historians fallacy and moral relativism. (Oct 01, 2018)
Which fallacy is this? (Sep 30, 2018)
Is "Ever Increasing" the same as "Infinite"? (Sep 30, 2018)
Is "Ever Increasing" the same as "Infinite"? (Sep 29, 2018)
Is "Ever Increasing" the same as "Infinite"? (Sep 29, 2018)
Is "Ever Increasing" the same as "Infinite"? (Sep 29, 2018)
Bias towards the first version you have heard, Primacy Bias? (Sep 29, 2018)
Bias towards the first version you have heard, Primacy Bias? (Sep 29, 2018)
If one is false, then all are false. (Sep 28, 2018)
If one is false, then all are false. (Sep 28, 2018)
If one is false, then all are false. (Sep 24, 2018)
Senate Hearings for Kavanaugh SCOTUS nominee (Sep 28, 2018)
Senate Hearings for Kavanaugh SCOTUS nominee (Sep 27, 2018)
Which fallacy is this? (Sep 27, 2018)
Senate Hearings for Kavanaugh SCOTUS nominee (Sep 28, 2018)
Senate Hearings for Kavanaugh SCOTUS nominee (Sep 28, 2018)
Counter-argument that doesn't address argument? (Sep 26, 2018)
consent for sex vs shopping comparison in marriage (Sep 26, 2018)
If one is false, then all are false. (Sep 25, 2018)
If one is false, then all are false. (Sep 25, 2018)
If one is false, then all are false. (Sep 25, 2018)
If one is false, then all are false. (Sep 25, 2018)
consent for sex vs shopping comparison in marriage (Sep 16, 2018)
consent for sex vs shopping comparison in marriage (Sep 06, 2018)
Concept fallacy? (Sep 15, 2018)
Concept fallacy? (Sep 14, 2018)
consent for sex vs shopping comparison in marriage (Sep 09, 2018)
consent for sex vs shopping comparison in marriage (Sep 07, 2018)
Barriers and resistance (Sep 03, 2018)
Barriers and resistance (Sep 03, 2018)
Barriers and resistance (Sep 03, 2018)
"10,000 people can't keep a secret!" (Sep 01, 2018)
"10,000 people can't keep a secret!" (Sep 01, 2018)
"10,000 people can't keep a secret!" (Sep 01, 2018)
"10,000 people can't keep a secret!" (Aug 30, 2018)
"1,000 People Can't Keep a Secret!" (Sep 01, 2018)
"1,000 People Can't Keep a Secret!" (Aug 31, 2018)
"10,000 people can't keep a secret!" (Aug 31, 2018)
"10,000 people can't keep a secret!" (Aug 31, 2018)
"10,000 people can't keep a secret!" (Aug 31, 2018)
"10,000 people can't keep a secret!" (Aug 31, 2018)
"10,000 people can't keep a secret!" (Aug 31, 2018)
"10,000 people can't keep a secret!" (Aug 31, 2018)
Barriers and resistance (Aug 30, 2018)
Barriers and resistance (Aug 30, 2018)
Barriers and resistance (Aug 30, 2018)
Barriers and resistance (Aug 29, 2018)
Barriers and resistance (Aug 29, 2018)
Barriers and resistance (Aug 25, 2018)
Counter-argument that doesn't address argument? (Aug 28, 2018)
Counter-argument that doesn't address argument? (Aug 28, 2018)
Counter-argument that doesn't address argument? (Aug 25, 2018)
Barriers and resistance (Aug 28, 2018)
Barriers and resistance (Aug 28, 2018)
Barriers and resistance (Aug 27, 2018)
Barriers and resistance (Aug 26, 2018)
Barriers and resistance (Aug 26, 2018)
Barriers and resistance (Aug 26, 2018)
Barriers and resistance (Aug 26, 2018)
Barriers and resistance (Aug 26, 2018)
Counter-argument that doesn't address argument? (Aug 26, 2018)
Counter-argument that doesn't address argument? (Aug 26, 2018)
Counter-argument that doesn't address argument? (Aug 26, 2018)
Is the so called by some Chesterton fence fallacy really a fallcy? (Aug 25, 2018)
Is the so called by some Chesterton fence fallacy really a fallcy? (Aug 25, 2018)
Is the so called by some Chesterton fence fallacy really a fallcy? (Aug 25, 2018)
Is the so called by some Chesterton fence fallacy really a fallcy? (Aug 25, 2018)
Is the so called by some Chesterton fence fallacy really a fallcy? (Sep 03, 2015)
Is voting a fallacy? (Aug 20, 2018)
How effective is the identification of fallacies really? (Aug 23, 2018)
How effective is the identification of fallacies really? (Aug 23, 2018)
How effective is the identification of fallacies really? (Aug 22, 2018)
How effective is the identification of fallacies really? (Aug 22, 2018)
How effective is the identification of fallacies really? (Aug 22, 2018)
How effective is the identification of fallacies really? (Aug 22, 2018)
Is voting a fallacy? (Aug 22, 2018)
Treating things that are alike as equal. (Aug 22, 2018)
How effective is the identification of fallacies really? (Aug 21, 2018)
How effective is the identification of fallacies really? (Aug 21, 2018)
Treating things that are alike as equal. (Aug 20, 2018)
Treating things that are alike as equal. (Aug 21, 2018)
Is voting a fallacy? (Aug 21, 2018)
Treating things that are alike as equal. (Aug 21, 2018)
Treating things that are alike as equal. (Aug 21, 2018)
Is voting a fallacy? (Aug 21, 2018)
Treating things that are alike as equal. (Aug 21, 2018)
How effective is the identification of fallacies really? (Aug 20, 2018)
How effective is the identification of fallacies really? (Aug 19, 2018)
How effective is the identification of fallacies really? (Aug 18, 2018)
How effective is the identification of fallacies really? (Aug 18, 2018)
How effective is the identification of fallacies really? (Aug 17, 2018)
How effective is the identification of fallacies really? (Aug 17, 2018)
How effective is the identification of fallacies really? (Aug 17, 2018)
How effective is the identification of fallacies really? (Aug 16, 2018)
Proof by asking questions (Aug 17, 2018)
How effective is the identification of fallacies really? (Aug 17, 2018)
Proof by asking questions (Aug 17, 2018)
Proof by asking questions (Aug 15, 2018)
Fallacy of Association (Aug 16, 2018)
Fallacy of Association (Aug 16, 2018)
Proof by asking questions (Aug 16, 2018)
Fallacy of Association (Aug 16, 2018)
Hi :) is there a fallacy committed when a person disputes other's experiences because someone is exp. . . (Aug 15, 2018)
Hi :) is there a fallacy committed when a person disputes other's experiences because someone is exp. . . (Aug 15, 2018)
Hi :) is there a fallacy committed when a person disputes other's experiences because someone is exp. . . (Aug 15, 2018)
Hi :) is there a fallacy committed when a person disputes other's experiences because someone is exp. . . (Aug 14, 2018)
"He destroyed his own country" fallacy (Aug 13, 2018)
"He destroyed his own country" fallacy (Aug 13, 2018)
"He destroyed his own country" fallacy (Aug 13, 2018)
"He destroyed his own country" fallacy (Aug 13, 2018)
"He destroyed his own country" fallacy (Aug 13, 2018)
"He destroyed his own country" fallacy (Aug 13, 2018)
"He destroyed his own country" fallacy (Aug 13, 2018)
"He destroyed his own country" fallacy (Aug 13, 2018)
"He destroyed his own country" fallacy (Aug 13, 2018)
"He destroyed his own country" fallacy (Aug 13, 2018)
"He destroyed his own country" fallacy (Aug 13, 2018)
"He destroyed his own country" fallacy (Aug 13, 2018)
"He destroyed his own country" fallacy (Aug 12, 2018)
What logical fallacies when these three statments fall under? (Aug 12, 2018)
What logical fallacies when these three statments fall under? (Aug 12, 2018)
"He destroyed his own country" fallacy (Aug 12, 2018)
What logical fallacies when these three statments fall under? (Aug 12, 2018)
"He destroyed his own country" fallacy (Aug 12, 2018)
"He destroyed his own country" fallacy (Aug 11, 2018)
"He destroyed his own country" fallacy (Aug 12, 2018)
"He destroyed his own country" fallacy (Aug 12, 2018)
Caracaturizing (Aug 09, 2018)
Caracaturizing (Aug 07, 2018)
Caracaturizing (Aug 07, 2018)
Caracaturizing (Aug 07, 2018)
Caracaturizing (Aug 06, 2018)
Caracaturizing (Aug 07, 2018)
Citing yourself (Aug 05, 2018)
Citing yourself (Aug 04, 2018)
Citing yourself (Aug 04, 2018)
Citing yourself (Aug 04, 2018)
Citing yourself (Aug 04, 2018)
Citing yourself (Aug 04, 2018)
Citing yourself (Aug 03, 2018)
Citing yourself (Aug 03, 2018)
Citing yourself (Aug 03, 2018)
I'm curious about what cognitive biases are occurring (Aug 03, 2018)
Citing yourself (Aug 02, 2018)
Staying in Med School because of Sunk Cost? (Aug 02, 2018)
Citing yourself (Aug 01, 2018)
Citing yourself (Aug 01, 2018)
I don't know (Aug 01, 2018)
I don't know (Aug 01, 2018)
Citing yourself (Aug 01, 2018)
I don't know (Aug 01, 2018)
I don't know (Aug 01, 2018)
I don't know (Aug 01, 2018)
Citing yourself (Aug 01, 2018)
Citing yourself (Aug 01, 2018)
Citing yourself (Aug 01, 2018)
Citing yourself (Aug 01, 2018)
Citing yourself (Aug 01, 2018)
I'm curious about what cognitive biases are occurring (Aug 01, 2018)
I'm curious about what cognitive biases are occurring (Aug 01, 2018)
Citing yourself (Aug 01, 2018)
Citing yourself (Aug 01, 2018)
Citing yourself (Aug 01, 2018)
Citing yourself (Aug 01, 2018)
I'm curious about what cognitive biases are occurring (Aug 01, 2018)
Citing yourself (Aug 01, 2018)
Citing yourself (Aug 01, 2018)
Citing yourself (Aug 01, 2018)
Citing yourself (Jul 31, 2018)
Citing yourself (Aug 01, 2018)
Did Dr. Bo Bennett Make This Common Fallacy When Advertising His Book? (Aug 01, 2018)
Citing yourself (Jul 31, 2018)
I don't know (Jul 31, 2018)
Citing yourself (Jul 31, 2018)
Experts dismissed because they're a minority (Jul 31, 2018)
Citing yourself (Jul 31, 2018)
Experts dismissed because they're a minority (Jul 31, 2018)
Experts dismissed because they're a minority (Jul 31, 2018)
Experts dismissed because they're a minority (Jul 31, 2018)
Inflation to Conflict (Jul 31, 2018)
Inflation to Conflict (Jul 31, 2018)
Inflation to Conflict (Jul 31, 2018)
Staying in Med School because of Sunk Cost? (Jul 29, 2018)
Staying in Med School because of Sunk Cost? (Jul 30, 2018)
Staying in Med School because of Sunk Cost? (Jul 30, 2018)
I don't know (Jul 30, 2018)
I don't know (Jul 30, 2018)
Inflation to Conflict (Jul 30, 2018)
Experts dismissed because they're a minority (Jul 30, 2018)
Experts dismissed because they're a minority (Jul 30, 2018)
I don't know (Jul 30, 2018)
Experts dismissed because they're a minority (Jul 29, 2018)
I don't know (Jul 29, 2018)
Experts dismissed because they're a minority (Jul 29, 2018)
Experts dismissed because they're a minority (Jul 29, 2018)
Experts dismissed because they're a minority (Jul 26, 2018)
Kettle Logic = Trump Logic (Jul 29, 2018)
Experts dismissed because they're a minority (Jul 29, 2018)
Experts dismissed because they're a minority (Jul 29, 2018)
Kettle Logic = Trump Logic (Jul 29, 2018)
Kettle Logic = Trump Logic (Jul 23, 2018)
I don't know (Jul 28, 2018)
I don't know (Jul 28, 2018)
I don't know (Jul 28, 2018)
I don't know (Jul 28, 2018)
I don't know (Jul 28, 2018)
I don't know (Jul 28, 2018)
I don't know (Jul 28, 2018)
Experts dismissed because they're a minority (Jul 28, 2018)
Experts dismissed because they're a minority (Jul 28, 2018)
Kettle Logic = Trump Logic (Jul 28, 2018)
Experts dismissed because they're a minority (Jul 28, 2018)
Experts dismissed because they're a minority (Jul 28, 2018)
Experts dismissed because they're a minority (Jul 28, 2018)
Experts dismissed because they're a minority (Jul 28, 2018)
Experts dismissed because they're a minority (Jul 28, 2018)
Experts dismissed because they're a minority (Jul 27, 2018)
Experts dismissed because they're a minority (Jul 27, 2018)
I don't know (Jul 25, 2018)
I don't know (Jul 25, 2018)

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