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What are your best examples to easily identify errors of logic and faulty reasoning?


Whether it's false cause, circular reasoning, faulty analogies, etc., logic seems to elude all of us in our discussions. We can often recognize that an argument doesn't make sense, but often we aren't able to explain exactly why. We might have studied logic in high school or college, but the subject is difficult to grasp. Unfortunately, tricks of logic used by political radio and TV hosts have mastered and use to confuse people to create a large audience and convince them of their views. It seems critical that society needs to be able to identify flaws of logic much better than we do.

 

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    Austinstar 2 years ago

    "Logic is not opinion"! Perfect! Everyone assumes that their opinion is valid even without proof.


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Scott Bateman (promisem) says

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    adagio4639 2 years ago

    I agree Scott. Their idea seems to be to look for as many things to verify or validate their already held conviction, rather then look for the things that would falsify it. Unfortunately that won't make their belief true.


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    Billie Kelpin 2 years ago

    Chris, Excellent point. It seems to be at the core of logic, right? I heard what you're speaking of called "intellectural honesty".


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    Billie Kelpin 2 years ago

    so, hmmm...Tim,

    Your comment triggered the memory of Keat's "Ode to a Grecian Urn" in my mind

    "'Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all

    Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.'"


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    Billie Kelpin 2 years ago

    Debra, namecalling is horrendous and a terrible discussion tactic. I couldn't agree with you more. That and insulting a person immediately closes down all conversation and any hope for mutual growth and learning. Thanks!

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    Billie Kelpin 2 years ago

    You've got that right, Austinstar! Funny story. 99% of my friends LOVED Lady Gaga's performance.I told my friend I might have to revisit my opinion and change my negative view.She said, "Oh, no, never give up your opinions"! (Not a good philosophy)