Logical Fallacies Help (page 3)

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Logical Fallacies In Short

Logical fallacies can appear to be logical; to avoid falling into their traps, you need to be on the lookout for false reasoning. The no in-betweens fallacy tries to convince you that there are only two choices when in reality, there are many options. The slippery slope fallacy tries to convince you that if you do X, then Y will follow—but in reality, X doesn't necessarily lead to Y. Circular reasoning is an argument that goes in a circle—the conclusion and premise say essentially the same thing. Finally, two wrongs make a right claims that it is OK to do something to someone else because someone else might do that same thing to you.

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  • Each of the logical fallacies discussed in this lesson is very common. Listen for them throughout the day. Again, these fallacies are the kind you might see in various sitcoms, so look for them even when you're watching television.
  • Think about something that you want someone to do for you. Come up with reasons based on the logical fallacies you learned in this lesson for that person to say yes. Then think of several good, logical reasons. Those are the reasons you should use when trying to convince someone of something.

Exercises for this concept can be found at Logical Fallacies Practice.

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