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What is your favorite logical fallacy?

Beverlee
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9/7/2013 2:35:46 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Ok, so I have this friend... she is trying to learn about fallacies, and asked me to start a forum post where I could learn them for her - and then explain them later.

Maybe someone has some favorite ones? ;)

My favorite is non sequitur fallacies, because they are so funny. "I didn't get you a stocking stuffer for Christmas because I don't have a severed foot." Or "rehab is for quitters." A non sequitur fallacy happens when the conclusion to an argument has nothing to do with the rest of that argument.

My runner-up is false comparisons. "Math is bad for me, just like pole vaulting is bad for Paula Deen."
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9/7/2013 3:15:59 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Argumentum ad populum and argumentum ad auctoritatem.
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9/7/2013 3:26:22 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 9/7/2013 3:15:59 PM, Subutai wrote:
Argumentum ad populum and argumentum ad auctoritatem.

These might be pretty popular (pun!) and good to keep in mind.

Ad Populum says that something is accurate because a lot of people say it is. The other one I had to look up. Bing says that it's an argument from authority.

Soooo...... "You will not jump into the lake young lady, I don't care if all of your friends are doing it! Because I said!"

If you come back, can you explain how an appeal to the authority of a popular election is not a fallacy?
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9/7/2013 3:29:12 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 9/7/2013 3:26:22 PM, Beverlee wrote:
At 9/7/2013 3:15:59 PM, Subutai wrote:
Argumentum ad populum and argumentum ad auctoritatem.

These might be pretty popular (pun!) and good to keep in mind.

Ad Populum says that something is accurate because a lot of people say it is. The other one I had to look up. Bing says that it's an argument from authority.

Soooo...... "You will not jump into the lake young lady, I don't care if all of your friends are doing it! Because I said!"

If you come back, can you explain how an appeal to the authority of a popular election is not a fallacy?

That quote you provided is an a fallacy. You shouldn't jump into the lake because someone said not to - you should not jump into that lake because, well, I don't know what's wrong with it. Also, does not apply when a mother is speaking to a child.
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9/7/2013 3:33:00 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
If by favorite you mean most irritating then I'm going to have to go with ad populum.
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9/7/2013 4:33:48 PM
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My favorite to call people on is post hoc ergo propter hoc. "It happened after, therefore was caused by."
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9/7/2013 6:16:09 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Slippery slopes always annoy me from religious people. My supervisor was trying to convince me that god exists.

"If there are multiple differing viewpoints on religion one has to be right and one has to be wrong. Thus a god must exist because there has to be a being with an objective answer!"

Slippery slope is putting multiple arguments together to come up with a conclusion that isn't necessarily true but presenting that conclusion as fact.
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9/8/2013 1:57:03 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 9/7/2013 3:26:22 PM, Beverlee wrote:
At 9/7/2013 3:15:59 PM, Subutai wrote:
Argumentum ad populum and argumentum ad auctoritatem.

These might be pretty popular (pun!) and good to keep in mind.

Ad Populum says that something is accurate because a lot of people say it is. The other one I had to look up. Bing says that it's an argument from authority.

Soooo...... "You will not jump into the lake young lady, I don't care if all of your friends are doing it! Because I said!"

If you come back, can you explain how an appeal to the authority of a popular election is not a fallacy?

A fallacy is a wrong reason for asserting a claim. The claim may be true for separate non-fallacious reasons. "Obama was elected, so he was the best choice for president." is a fallacy. Obama may or may not have been the best choice, but that he was elected only proves he was the popular choice, not the best. (Best by some definition, of course.)
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9/8/2013 2:00:31 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
I guess my favorite is the fallacy that correlation proves causation, e.g. "Periods of high tax rates have been prosperous, so high tax rates cause prosperity." It's a favorite because it appears on TV more often than pictures of cute kittens.
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9/8/2013 4:47:24 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
Does anyone know what the God of the Gaps fallacy is? It must be some kind of appeal to ignorance...right? In any case, that's my favorite.
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9/8/2013 2:27:33 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 9/8/2013 4:47:24 AM, MysticEgg wrote:
Does anyone know what the God of the Gaps fallacy is? It must be some kind of appeal to ignorance...right? In any case, that's my favorite.

"There is no visible explanation, therefore it was God."
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9/8/2013 2:34:11 PM
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Slippery slope fallacy, although it doesnt really count as a formal fallacy... When I don't really care/ am trying to troll I just construct these massive BS link stories (like how if we don't ban fat people from being models the US will lose hegemony and nuclear war will occur in my debate with F16--I lost badly for obvious reasons :P)
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9/8/2013 5:30:23 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Post hoc ergo propter hoc

2 reasons,

its fun to say at parties.

and its very very common. More than people realize.
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9/9/2013 3:10:10 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
Logical fallacies, for me, are like legos left on the floor of different shapes and sizes which get stepped on. There are some that hurt one's feet more than others, but none I would be so bold as to call my "favorite."
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9/11/2013 5:53:38 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
I like the fallacy of equivocation the best because lots of jokes rely on it. For example:

1. Lima beans are better than nothing.
2. Nothing is better than pizza.
3. Therefore, lima beans are better than pizza.
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9/11/2013 9:51:54 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 9/7/2013 2:35:46 PM, Beverlee wrote:
Ok, so I have this friend... she is trying to learn about fallacies, and asked me to start a forum post where I could learn them for her - and then explain them later.

Maybe someone has some favorite ones? ;)

My favorite is non sequitur fallacies, because they are so funny. "I didn't get you a stocking stuffer for Christmas because I don't have a severed foot." Or "rehab is for quitters." A non sequitur fallacy happens when the conclusion to an argument has nothing to do with the rest of that argument.

My runner-up is false comparisons. "Math is bad for me, just like pole vaulting is bad for Paula Deen."
The fallacy fallacy. That is when you falsely call something a fal;lacy because you disagree, not because it is a fallacy.
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9/11/2013 9:53:43 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
Appeal to Common Sense is a particularly irksome one.

"It's common sense that X and Y should do Z."
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9/12/2013 9:51:36 AM
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My favorite is ad hominem. Why? Because people who don't like ad hominem are idiots.
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10/2/2013 11:52:52 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 9/11/2013 6:17:24 PM, MassiveDump wrote:
The fallacy fallacy.

Fallaception.

I thought that was when the Atlanta football team catches a football thrown by the other team.
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10/2/2013 6:54:41 PM
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At 10/2/2013 11:52:52 AM, Weiler wrote:
At 9/11/2013 6:17:24 PM, MassiveDump wrote:
The fallacy fallacy.

Fallaception.

I thought that was when the Atlanta football team catches a football thrown by the other team.

I see how you did that.