September 13, 2005

by Reb Yudel
Logical fallacies

The logical Fallacies: Index

Fallacies of Distraction

* False Dilemma: two choices are given when in fact there are three options
* From Ignorance: because something is not known to be true, it is assumed to be false
* Slippery Slope: a series of increasingly unacceptable consequences is drawn
* Complex Question: two unrelated points are conjoined as a single proposition

I only excerpted a partial list. Stay tuned as I work through them all.


I have a file in my Bookmarks called "Reasoning" for just this sort of thing. (Of course I never go back to refresh my reasoning powers. I don't work out enough either.) But these resources are important in unraveling propaganda, uncovering newspeak and finding that reason why something is telling you that there's something wrong with that argument. If we don't, the terrorists have won. ;)

Posted by: David H. at September 14, 2005 9:25 AM

I believe, dear friend, that you just commited the Appeal to Consequences fallacy.

Posted by: Reb Yudel at September 14, 2005 9:32 AM

I thought it was the "False Dilemma." ;)

Posted by: David H. at September 15, 2005 10:15 AM
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