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The Appeal to Logic Fallacy.

UtherPenguin
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4/9/2015 9:00:01 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
In order to understand how internet flame wars work, you must first understand internet etiquette, what is considered a logical fallacy by "normal" or "sane" people can be used as a completely sound argument on the internet. In this series I will be covering a series of logical fallacies used by "normal people" on the internet and how to adapt to this new plane of "logical" understanding, starting off with the Appeal to Logic fallacy:

Have you ever argued with someone who had the gal to use an argument based off of logic and common sense rather then basing their arguments out of strawmen? Are you tired of people citing their sources in debates to actually show they did research? Does it irk you when someone is actually civil in a debate and doesn't insult you for your views?

Well their is a fallacy for that. The Appeal to Logic (or Appeal to Common Sense) fallacy

(noun)

An appeal to common sense is an argument or rhetoric tactic in which it is proposed that "a thing is good because *insert common sense*"

A good example of this fallacy is used by speaker B in the dialogue below:

Speaker A: I believe there should be a month every year where murder is obligatory to commit everyday of that month by all of the country's citizens!

Speaker B: But why would you want that?

Speaker A: Because it would be so much fun. Murder is natural, Murder is simple, you are probably a stinky butthole that hates freedom and murder is approved by all of the world's top scientists.

Speaker B: But innocent people would die and their would be chaos everywhere.

As you can see in Speaker B's extremely fallacious argument, he claimed that just because something was unethical and just because he didn't strawman or insult the person's argument he was therefore right.
But of course that requires civility in debate, we can't have that on the internet can we?
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Varrack
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4/9/2015 9:07:37 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 4/9/2015 9:00:01 PM, UtherPenguin wrote:
In order to understand how internet flame wars work, you must first understand internet etiquette, what is considered a logical fallacy by "normal" or "sane" people can be used as a completely sound argument on the internet. In this series I will be covering a series of logical fallacies used by "normal people" on the internet and how to adapt to this new plane of "logical" understanding, starting off with the Appeal to Logic fallacy:

Have you ever argued with someone who had the gal to use an argument based off of logic and common sense rather then basing their arguments out of strawmen? Are you tired of people citing their sources in debates to actually show they did research? Does it irk you when someone is actually civil in a debate and doesn't insult you for your views?

Well their is a fallacy for that. The Appeal to Logic (or Appeal to Common Sense) fallacy

(noun)

An appeal to common sense is an argument or rhetoric tactic in which it is proposed that "a thing is good because *insert common sense*"

A good example of this fallacy is used by speaker B in the dialogue below:

Speaker A: I believe there should be a month every year where murder is obligatory to commit everyday of that month by all of the country's citizens!

Speaker B: But why would you want that?

Speaker A: Because it would be so much fun. Murder is natural, Murder is simple, you are probably a stinky butthole that hates freedom and murder is approved by all of the world's top scientists.

Speaker B: But innocent people would die and their would be chaos everywhere.


As you can see in Speaker B's extremely fallacious argument, he claimed that just because something was unethical and just because he didn't strawman or insult the person's argument he was therefore right.
But of course that requires civility in debate, we can't have that on the internet can we?

LOL that's awesome.