Results for - Logical Fallacies

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1. In Philosophy, a logical fallacy is a pattern of reasoning rendered illogical by a flaw in the structure of an argument. Have you heard of logical fallacies before?

Yes I have
24%
462 votes
I've heard the term before but did not know what it meant
7%
136 votes
I'm not sure
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268 votes
No I have not
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691 votes
N/A
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340 votes
Other (please specify)
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3 votes

2. One logical fallacy is called an Ad Hominem. This is when someone responds to an argument by attacking the character of a person rather than using reasoning. For example, a response to "Nobody likes when it rains" may be "Just because you're ugly doesn't mean people don't like rain". Have you ever used or experienced an Ad Hominem?

Yes, I have used one to debate an argument
9%
178 votes
Yes, someone has used this against my argument(s)
18%
347 votes
No
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543 votes
I'm really not sure
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427 votes
N/A
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483 votes
Other (please specify)
0%
7 votes

3. Another fallacy is called a Red Herring. This is when someone responds to an argument by attempting to distract the other person by introducing another topic. For example, a response to "Parking at hospitals should be free" may be "Isn't it crazy how much car insurance is these days?" Have you ever used or experienced a Red Herring?

Yes, I have used one to debate an argument
15%
283 votes
Yes, someone has used this against my argument(s)
24%
450 votes
No
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428 votes
I'm really not sure
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381 votes
N/A
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475 votes
Other (please specify)
0%
4 votes

4. Another fallacy is called a Bandwagon. This is described as the belief that an argument is valid because a majority of people accept it. For example, saying "Everyone I know has an iPhone so they must be the best phones". Have you ever used or experienced a Bandwagon fallacy?

Yes, I have used one to debate an argument
14%
261 votes
Yes, someone has used this against my argument(s)
26%
495 votes
No
23%
433 votes
I'm really not sure
17%
320 votes
N/A
26%
491 votes
Other (please specify)
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5 votes

5. Another fallacy is called a Hasty Generalization. This is when a generalization draws a general rule from a single (and sometimes atypical) case. For example, "American Airlines had three delayed flights today so no airlines ever arrive on time". Have you ever used or experienced a Hasty Generalization fallacy?

Yes, I have used one to debate an argument
13%
238 votes
Yes, someone has used this against my argument(s)
22%
422 votes
No
24%
465 votes
I'm really not sure
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353 votes
N/A
27%
517 votes
Other (please specify)
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6 votes

6. Now that you know about a few fallacies (if you did not already), will you look for fallacies in other people's arguments and try to avoid using them in yours?

Yes, I will look for them in other people's arguments
17%
326 votes
Yes, I will try to avoid using them in my arguments
17%
314 votes
I will look for them in other people's arguments but I won't try to avoid using them myself
6%
119 votes
No
17%
328 votes
I'm really not sure
16%
306 votes
I don't think I will notice if they are being used
8%
154 votes
N/A
28%
532 votes
Other (please specify)
1%
18 votes
07/29/2016 Living 1980 45 By: trishalikespie
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