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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Logical Fallacies

LOGICAL FALLACIES are arguments that look rational but aren't. The following is a list of some common INFORMAL fallacies, and the only ones I'll make you responsible for knowing.
Remember: there is power in knowing both how to persuade others AND how others are trying to persuade you; get to know these techniques and you will better able to keep from being deceived.

Begging the Question

Complex Question


Hasty Generalization

Sweeping Generalization

False Analogy

Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc (After This, Therefore Because of This)

Slippery Slope


Stacking the Deck

Appeal to Ignorance

Non Sequitur (It Does Not Follow)

False Dilemma


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

If anyone wants an explanation for any of these, there's something called the skeptic's dictionary, the url is skepdic.com, it explains them very well