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The Logical Fallacy

Posted: January 13, 2013 in Uncategorized
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I’ve debated many people and many subjects over the years from theology to politics to cheesecake being a pie. I’ve been hammered and I’ve totally demolished people. I see my improvements as time passes and I want to share a little known secret that would help you not only in debates, but in discussions about ANYTHING. 

The good ol’ LOGICAL FALLACY!!!

Logical fallacies are flaws in logic and reasoning. It’s a trick that the mind plays on itself try to validate or escape what it doesn’t understand. Pay attention to the media and politicians, especially. They use fallacies all the time when answering questions and relaying info to the public. We use these “illusions” on the day to day basis and most of us don’t even know it. So, here’s a few to help you better see through bullshit when it’s in front of you.

Starting with my favorite and easiest one to catch, the AD HOMINEM. The ad hominem fallacy is where someone attacks a person’s character and not the point being made in order to undermine the person’s argument. This one is extremely common and used especially by politicians. How many times have you heard someone make a point, and then someone else saying not to trust them because they are “this or that”? 

Next one to easily spot is the BANDWAGON FALLACY. The bandwagon fallacy is when someone tries to use what the majority does in order to validate their claim. Just because the majority feel one way about something, doesn’t make it right and certainly is no way to rationalize something. 200 years ago, the majority felt that blacks shouldn’t be free men and women and someone of that time would easily argue that that is “just how it goes” and “it’s how we are brought up”, that is no reason for validation.

Next up, the STRAWMAN FALLACY. The strawman fallacy is where someone tries to misrepresent another person’s argument to make it easier for them to attack. I laugh when I see politicians do this one. They oversimplify and skew the opponents argument, but then they present an oversimplified and vague rebuttal….. AND PEOPLE EAT IT UP…. 

PERSONAL INCREDULITY!! This one is very VERY sneaky and often doesn’t present itself straight forward. This fallacy happens when someone finds another person’s argument too complicated or difficult to understand and, because of that, claims that the point is invalid. I see this most often with CREATIONIST… LOL!! Most people never just say that they don’t understand something, and even when you catch it, they still don’t admit it.

A very common fallacy, especially in theological discussion, is the BURDEN OF PROOF. This happens when someone tries to say that the person disproving a claim has to provide proof. WRONG, the person making the claim has to provide proof of the claim. If I say I have tiger in my living room, you can argue and say that I don’t. I would to prove my claim. I CANNOT say that you have to prove that I don’t. That makes no sense, but its often used as a tactic for theistic discussion.

That was a few of my favorites and most common fallacies…. now to briefly go through a few more. 

SPECIAL PLEADING is when exceptions are made when a claim is shown to be invalid. For me, I see this most in theological discussion when I show the inconsistencies in biblical text. Most times, texts are dismissed. 

APPEAL TO EMOTION FALLACY is when someone uses an emotional response in place of a valid point. Watch how many times a politician uses a STORY when answering a question.

ANECDOTAL FALLACY is when someone uses a personal experience or an isolated example to make a point, usually to dismiss or skew statistics. Just because something happened to you or someone you know, doesn’t mean its typical or a valid reason to back a statement. It’s crazy how much this is accepted in law. Anecdotal evidence are claims of truth based off personal experience. As much as something may have been true, its never accepted in science as actual evidence for anything.

SO, now that I’ve given you these great mental tools, apply them as much as you can. You’ll really see how easily people fool each other and themselves.

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You know that moment when you murder someone intellectually and you both know it burns? You deconstruct everything they say irrational and hand them a platter of their own faulty logic. Then you serve them some of your own reasoning, backed with evidence and simple logic…. and they don’t say a DAMN thing afterwards because deep down, they know you’re right.

Then there’s the spectators who sit around watching on the side of the person getting killed. They wont say a thing, they never do.

Faith based reasoning doesn’t hold up in logical practical application. PERIOD. It’s only meant for things like…. happy thoughts…. comfort… displacement of responsibility… and paranoia. What else is believing things without a shred of evidence going to get you? Not a house, job, or a cure for AIDS, that take’s real application.

Now let’s be real… who cares what anyone believes, right? I believe in Santa Clause, big deal. But if I went around stopping people from buying toys or saying the abominable snowman is going to eat you if you don’t be nice, I shouldn’t blame any of you for getting upset. And by the way…. Santa is the reason for global warming. He’s on vacation in Brazil and forgot to program his new electronic thermostat. He’s regulates the ice caps… and right now they’re melting. Help the polar bears.

Think for a moment…. Why would anyone all powerful being ever concern itself with people worshipping it? I see that as a flaw, something a perfect being shouldn’t have. The only reason why people feel the need to worship a god is because they have daddy issues. Lol…  OK…  But more seriously, it makes people feel more significant. I can’t think of any other logical reason. I’m sure many will give other reasons, but I can see it boiling down to what I already stated.

Most people don’t have a real big perspective on most of the world and what lies beyond in terms cosmos… So I guess I will shed a little light on it in the near future. Really give you an idea of just how small we are in reality.