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Bennett91
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2/8/2015 5:42:15 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
Hi everyone! I was wondering what everyone's favorite logical fallacy was and why. It could be for any reason, you've seen it used a lot by others, you think it's not so fallacious or easy to debunk, or you just like to use the fallacy yourself to win arguments.

Mine is the fallacy fallacy. It states that just because an argument is poorly worded or contains fallacies the argument being made is not necessarily false. I like it because if anyone calls me out on a fallacy I can retort with the fallacy fallacy! Although does that mean I commit the fallacy fallacy fallacy?

So what's yours?
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2/9/2015 1:03:23 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
No True Scotsman

It has a funny name, and people use it a lot...
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2/9/2015 1:35:52 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
I like the fallacy of equivocation because a lot of jokes are based on it. And you can make some funny arguments using it. For example:

1. Lima beans are better than nothing.
2. Nothing is better than fajitas.
3. Therefore, lima beans are better than fajitas.
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2/9/2015 3:02:46 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 2/9/2015 1:35:52 AM, philochristos wrote:
I like the fallacy of equivocation because a lot of jokes are based on it. And you can make some funny arguments using it. For example:

1. Lima beans are better than nothing.
2. Nothing is better than fajitas.
3. Therefore, lima beans are better than fajitas.

Very clever!
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2/9/2015 10:36:07 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
Another fun fallacy? The fallacy from credulity; that just because you're emotional or pissed off about an issue doesn't make you right. A lot of that goes on around here.

Also the bump fallacy. BUMP!
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2/10/2015 12:34:19 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
Argument from ignorance, you haven't proven to me _____, so I win!
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2/10/2015 1:51:08 AM
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None of them are my favorite... they all annoy me equally.

I do think, however, that the bandwagon fallacy is the most prevalent in our modern society. Same with appeal-to-authority.
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2/10/2015 10:51:55 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 2/10/2015 1:51:08 AM, Blade-of-Truth wrote:
None of them are my favorite... they all annoy me equally.

I do think, however, that the bandwagon fallacy is the most prevalent in our modern society. Same with appeal-to-authority.

The appeal to authority is an interesting one, especially since people often falsely identify it. What do economists know about money anyway, you shouldn't listen to them.
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2/10/2015 11:23:50 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
Guilt by association fallacy (or whatever it would be called).
Because I love it when I say X, and people accuse me of being Y (a sentiment Y generally express), and then accuse me of believing Z (a sentiment Y often hold) while attacking me for Z.

For example, when I used to be opposed to gay marriage, people accused me of being religious, even though my argument was not, and then making religious attacks, like "I suppose you believe there should be slaves, too".
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2/11/2015 11:21:45 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 2/8/2015 5:42:15 PM, Bennett91 wrote:
Hi everyone! I was wondering what everyone's favorite logical fallacy was and why. It could be for any reason, you've seen it used a lot by others, you think it's not so fallacious or easy to debunk, or you just like to use the fallacy yourself to win arguments.

Mine is the fallacy fallacy. It states that just because an argument is poorly worded or contains fallacies the argument being made is not necessarily false. I like it because if anyone calls me out on a fallacy I can retort with the fallacy fallacy! Although does that mean I commit the fallacy fallacy fallacy?

So what's yours?

My favorite fallacies are any that I can recognize in my opponents argument! Equivocation, anecdotal, argument from ignorance, argument from incredulity, ad hom, and straw man are fairly common from what I have seen.
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12/6/2015 5:58:29 PM
Posted: 12 months ago
My favourite fallacy is the 'Appeal to ridicule' fallacy, also known as 'appeal to mockery'. Like ad-homs and strawmans, the appeal to ridicule manipulates through distraction. Everyone loves a laugh, but a joke can be used to divert attention or to make an opponent look stupid. By trivializing and mocking an opponent, the issue can become 'lost in the laugh'.
No one admires the cynic, the scoffer, the mocker, the small, and the petty. Giving respect to one's opponent elevates us. Those who insult and slight do so from low places.
However, there are exceptions... It is legitimate to use ridicule when a position or person is worthy of ridicule. I personally think that people like Nigel Farage, Donald Trump and co, are fair game and are actually massively ridicule worthy - after all, they provide us with so much ridicule worthy ammunition, do they not?
A note of caution - as we have seen, misplaced ridicule can appear as a sign of desperation, but carefully placed ridicule can be a witty move that can work logically and win over an audience emotionally, as well.