Category : RELEVANCE

novelty

NOVELTY

NOVELTY – Reasoning that new ideas are better because they are progressive. Consider the following argument, by novelty: (1) Atheism is a modern idea (2) Religion is antiquated Therefore: (3) Atheism must be better than religion Alternatively, one could argue,…

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tradition

TRADITION

TRADITION – Reasoning that older ideas are better because they are accepted and have existed longer. Enjoy a bottle of wine? The corking preference for wine is an example of tradition trumping practicality. Winemaker David Noyes defends this tradition, “Wine…

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just the facts

JUST THE FACTS

JUST THE FACTS – Citing facts to support a conclusion without offering any reasoning.  “Facts are meaningless. You can use facts to prove anything that’s even remotely true. Facts schmacts.” ~ Homer Simpson There is a fallacy spreading that is…

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silence

SILENCE

SILENCE – Drawing a conclusion based on the silence of your opponent.  There are several reasons why people may not respond to you in a debate. They could be dumbfounded by how bad your argument is, they may not be familiar…

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relevance

AD HOC RESCUE

AD HOC RESCUE – Attempting to find another explanation for your conclusion after the evidence has been disproved.  This occurs when an opponent desperately tries to make something up in order to cling to their conclusion. One example is as…

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