Logical Fallacies

When I was at DragonCon at the beginning of the month I talked to some of the brightest minds in the realm of skepticism. I explained what my plans were for this blog and eventual podcast. It was suggested that I cover logical fallacies as one of my topics.

What is a logical fallacy? It’s when reasoning takes a turn into left field and drives of a cliff. Sometimes the reasoning is SO bad that the vehicle even explodes on impact after driving off the aforementioned cliff. Yes. Logic fall down go boom.

The real definition is an error in reasoning.

For example, in a recent post I talked about Kirk Cameron’s latest project. In his video he talks about Charles Darwin’s link to Hitler and his practice of misogyny. This type of logical fallacy is called Ad hominem or “Against the person”

This type of error in logic infers that because Darwin may have had some connection with Adolph Hitler and may have treated women poorly then his theories MUST be in error because he is reported to have been a bad person.

A person’s supposed character has nothing to do with the validity of their arguments. It is an error in reasoning to include these things as part of an argument.

This is just one of many types of logical fallacy. The more I read, the more complicated it gets so i will be talking about this a great deal more in subsequent posts. In the mean time if you would like to learn more about the different types of logical fallacies, please visit here: http://www.unc.edu/depts/wcweb/handouts/fallacies.html


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