Reason seems to be taking a beating these days. It's a shame, I don't think it deserves the trampling that it has received over the past few
decades, especially given it's advanced age.
these are the logical fallacies that seem to be most prevalent around these parts from what I have seen in the past few months.
Appeal to ridicule
-mocking an argument and then claiming that it is false because it has been mocked
ie. Obama is a christian? That's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard.
Guilt by association
-arguing a point by making associations that are irrelevent.
eg. Obama sat on a board with a possible terrorist, therefore he is a terrorist.
-the easiest fallacy to avoid
eg. Osama bin laden is a muslim and a terrorist, therefore all muslims are terrorists.
-argument against the person (likely the most common...often referred to as 'flaming')
eg. Yeah but you're gay. (hardly a reasonable rebuttal from where I stand)
Appeal to belief
-pretty self explanatory, possibly contains a correct statement, but not a reasonable one.
eg. more people believe in christianity than any other religion, therefore Christianity is true.
Appeal to Tradition
-arguing that that which has been the norm is correct.
eg. I believe that Americans should have the right to bear arms because Americans have always had the right to bear arms.
-diverting the stream of an argument
eg. yeah Bush made some mistakes but seriously, look at what Obama's doing.
I personally like to review these fallacies every once and a while. Making a convincing argument is so much easier if you attempt to avoid these (and
just a little hint. If you have ever titled a thread "95% chance that _______ will happen" or something similar, you are probably guilty of one or
all of the logical fallacies listed here