Ask Your Questions About Logical Fallacies

Welcome! This is the place to ask the community of experts and other fallacyophites (I made up that word) if someone has a committed a fallacy or not. This is a great way to settle a dispute!

Dr. Bo's Criteria for Logical Fallacies:

  • It must be an error in reasoning not a factual error.
  • It must be commonly applied to an argument either in the form of the argument or in the interpretation of the argument.
  • 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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An appeal to extremes?

"If collecting taxes on sex work is simply the government assuming the role of pimp, then the government is pimping all paid workers."

asked on Tuesday, Jun 15, 2021 03:57:19 PM by mnac87
'No hypotheticals' move

Sometimes a person will refuse to consider hypothetical statements. The underlying logic is that because they are hypotheticals, they do not apply to real life (and are therefore irrelevant). This would probably count as a B-list fallacy (if Dr Bo i...

asked on Monday, Jun 14, 2021 02:49:25 PM by Rationalissimus of the Elenchus
Presentism fallacy

I notice that this fallacy doesn't seem to be on this site. It means judging things that happened in the past by present day moral standards, which in many cases isn't really fair. For instance, people often complain about things in old films or TV ...

asked on Monday, Jun 14, 2021 09:41:43 AM by Philip
Is this an Appeal to Consequences fallacy?

"if [sex work] income couldn’t be taxed, it would be the easiest way to launder money ever." I know evidence is important in these kinds of arguments, but I'm primarily asking about its validity as an argument. appeal to consequences

asked on Saturday, Jun 12, 2021 09:30:08 PM by mnac87
Thankyou for mansplaining that to me.

If you say you disagree with something lets say it's the concept of mansplaining it's self. And no carefully you articulate your point against it the answer is "thank you for mansplaining that to me". What fallacy would that be an example of?

asked on Saturday, Jun 12, 2021 06:51:40 PM by Alex Hosking

Bill Maher had a bit about 'Progressophobia', that seemed to start with an argument based on a false premise about people thinking that racism is worse now than in the past.   Video link ... and that therefore people are afraid to admit ...

asked on Saturday, Jun 12, 2021 01:35:45 PM by Reg Cliff

Reification   involves treating ideas as if they were real. TV Tropes (which has a list of logical fallacies of its own - many of which are more bad arguments and less errors in reasoning) lists the fallacy as hypostatisation instead, giving t...

asked on Thursday, Jun 10, 2021 07:51:07 PM by Rationalissimus of the Elenchus
Assumption of linearity / "Oven Logic"

Often, we wrongly model things linearly, as if the variable x against some sort of common metric y should yield a straight line (or at least, we assume the gradient won't change significantly in the course of our data plotting). This is the incorrec...

asked on Thursday, Jun 10, 2021 07:37:28 PM by Rationalissimus of the Elenchus
Applying general statistics to individuals in a Controversial Debate

People often take general population stats and act as if they can apply to individuals - usually themselves - because they share something in common with the group that the statistics are taken on. Logical form: X stat refers to A group (on averag...

asked on Thursday, Jun 10, 2021 07:11:12 PM by Rationalissimus of the Elenchus
'Loki's Wager'

The continuum fallacy occurs when a reasoner claims that the lack of a binary distinction between A and B means no useful distinction exists between the two. A related concept is Loki's Wager , which is the insistence that if a concept cannot be d...

asked on Tuesday, Jun 08, 2021 10:15:38 AM by Rationalissimus of the Elenchus