• Echar Lailoken

    Any person worth their argument and open eyes has this hanging on their wall next to nudie pictures.

    • http://www.thecinematika.com The Cinematika

      Do you?

    • Echar Lailoken

      This used to share a relatively close proximity to the included Ayn Rand image. I had to separate them, their intellectual and physical masturbatory
      energies were just too much.

      I felt like Maxxx Orbison after being shot by the Orgazmorator too many times, but a prolonged effect that lasted throughout the day. After recovering from my folly of feng shui placement, I covered the Ayn Rand image with a black fabric and placed mirrors to redirect. Honestly, I shouldn’t be alive.

      • http://www.thecinematika.com The Cinematika

        Wait that’s awesome! Alas, I have neither poster.

      • Oginikwe

        Eeeesh!! My eyes! My eyes!! They burn!!

        • Echar Lailoken

          The brood mother of insatiable greed should look no other way.

          • Oginikwe

            I’m used to the succubus; it was Greenspan who got to me. Ick. ;^D

          • https://twitter.com/anti_euclidean ÿ

            we’ve got the makings of some deeply disturbing fan fiction here…

          • Echar Lailoken

            I was wondering who that was.

          • Oginikwe

            Lol! So. You thought it was some generic, twisted white guy? And you were right! Ha!

  • Oginikwe

    Thank you so much! This is outstanding.

    • Craig Bickford

      Michael LaBossiere has a free 42 Fallacies book in PDF here or on Kindle somewhere in the internet archive or on his site. He has a 76 fallacies book as well but you have to buy that one. He also wrote game material for Chaosium and GDW, so that makes him super cool.

      http://aphilosopher.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/42-fallacies.pdf

      • Oginikwe

        Thank you for that link. It is safely downloaded to my hard drive. :^)

  • Gabriel D. Roberts

    I’ve always loved this poster. It’s fun to troll people with individual links to the particular fallacy they are using. However, playing ‘spot the fallacy’ too much ruins any real dialogue and becomes the dreaded ‘fallacy fallacy’.

    • Simon Valentine

      isn’t that the defeatist fallacy?

      lol or dismissal
      doesn’t matter
      “NP is too hard” keeps getting repeated
      therefore tu quoque is anyway all the time anyway

      • sofiarconlon

        Josiah . although Jacqueline `s stori is surprising,
        last week I bought themselves a Chrysler from having made $5060 thiss month
        and-in excess of, 10/k last-month . it’s realy the easiest-work I have ever done
        . I started this 4 months ago and pretty much straight away was bringin in at
        least $78 per-hour . why not look here C­a­s­h­f­i­g­.­C­O­M­

    • Craig Bickford

      Only if you are assuming incorrectly that any fallacy automaticaly disproves the argument’s conclusion just by it’s presence, when in fact it might or it might just be a contradiction they are using through incorrect thinking or as a sophist tactic to win a argument. Using logic explicitly isn’t bad.

      • Simon Valentine

        not necessarily to win

        not all sophists “do that ‘reputation’ thing”

      • guadalupemshoe

        before I looked at the check of $8543 , I accept
        …that…my neighbour woz like they say truley earning money parttime on their
        apple labtop. . there sisters neighbour has done this 4 only 19 months and by
        now cleared the debts on their house and bourt a gorgeous Ford . visit this
        site C­a­s­h­f­i­g­.­C­O­M­

  • doodahman

    Sounds like the climate alarmists’ handbook.

    • Tuna Ghost

      Logic? The field of logic sounds like a climate alarmists’ handbook? Are you…I mean are you some sort of double agent, making your side look bad because you’re really working for the other side? You can tell me, I’m hip

  • BuzzCoastin

    to assume that words & facts have the ability to persuade
    is a logical fallacy

    • Craig Bickford

      Why would that be?

      • Simon Valentine

        can’t say

        it’s in the top secret dossier
        lol

      • Rhoid Rager

        Because, as any good salesman will tell ya, it’s all in the delivery.

  • Simon Valentine

    all the nested loops
    the while statements
    the pincer, the scissor, the wedge, the turtle
    all because conversation is worthless and people don’t have a clue
    horse shoes, hand grenades, and tactical nukes
    to the alien, the strategy is you

    • guadalupemshoe

      like Jacqueline implied I’m
      taken by surprise that a mom can earn $8130 in 1 month on the computer . see
      post C­a­s­h­f­i­g­.­C­O­M­

  • Craig Bickford

    Maybe I’m missing some of the taxonomy, but it’s weird that Neglected aspect, false dilemma or argument from ignorance aren’t on here (burden of proof is related to ignorantum I believe so maybe it isn’t strange). They just seem like the prevalent political fallacies to me, so they are kind of important.

    • Tuna Ghost

      ignoratum would be especially useful, given how often debates about religion pop up around here

  • Andrew

    A poster of cognitive biases could also be useful.

    • Simon Valentine

      oo!
      a pretty one with logarithmic monolog paralleling its given bias!
      …like poetry, actually…
      “iron it out”, right?

    • Rhoid Rager

      Fundamental Attribution Error at the top of the list of that one.

      • Oginikwe

        Also cognitive dissonance.

  • Jonas Planck

    Groovy… a handy infografic to help me finally realize my dream of using ALL of them in ONE paragraph! So far, the best I’ve managed is nine.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Interesting, but I find it most useful for putting down others and making myself look erudite.

    • Liam_McGonagle

      PS There’s no point in arguing about anything. Nobody changes their conclusions. At best, all they do is change their rationales. The decisions are hardened long before people even begin to explore supporting reasons.

      • Tuna Ghost

        Not true, sir. I’ve had my conclusions changed by gigantic intellects I’ve come in contact with. So long as you’re truly pursuing truth, either little-T “truth” or big-T “Truth”, it can and will happen. I used to be a 9/11 conspiracy theorist, for christ’s sake

        • Andrew

          “We see the world not as it is, but as we are.”

          • Liam_McGonagle

            Or maybe more often “as we would like ourselves to be.”

        • Liam_McGonagle

          I won’t deny that it occassionally occurs, as if by accident, but statistically speaking the #s are negligible. Certainly not enough to make a difference to the momentum of public opinion.

          There are few things in this world more useless than the Truth. A well-crafted lie or piece of bullsh*t can accomplish what we want at much less cost.

        • misinformation

          Don’t tell me you used to believe this crazy conspiracy theory:

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuC_4mGTs98

    • Oginikwe

      I find it most useful for teaching students how to argue their points from a rational, informed position while being open to any new research and other reliable information that come their way through their own research efforts.

      • Echar Lailoken

        I hope you teach them not to abuse it though. We’ve all seen what that looks like.

        • Oginikwe

          I have no control over what is in their hearts or what kind of people they are. In the course of teaching argument and persuasion, I can only point out how we have been and are manipulated, what constitutes weasel words, what propaganda and abuse of words (read: people) is and how these things work on us. It is my observation that most people feel, “Jeez, I didn’t like that at all so I’m not going to do that to others,” but there is always that measure of people who feel, “Jeez, I didn’t like that at all and I can’t wait to do that to someone else.” And, as we have seen on this site many times, knowing how words work is the best defense against that kind of abuse while making us aware of the weight of our own words.

          • Echar Lailoken

            This has given me much to think about. Thank you.

          • Oginikwe

            How’s that?

          • Echar Lailoken

            Your words have reminded me that It’s best to be careful with my words.

      • Liam_McGonagle

        The problem being, of course, that there are next to no rational, well-informed people. Evolutionary bias ensures that very few will ever reproduce. Lies and bullsh*t are much more valuable.

        • Oginikwe

          No one can be “well-informed” about everything; our world is too complicated for that. People are often well-informed about issues they care about. The problem is we no longer have trust in the information we are given so it is imperative to teach critical thinking in “Who profits?” from that mainstream information. In the end, it comes down to the individual to educate themselves as much as possible with the best information available.

  • lilbear68

    don’t forget ‘reductio ad absurdum’ that’s very popular

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