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Fallacy Examples 2

QuestionAnswer
“Noisy children are a real headache. Two Aspirins will make a headache go away. Therefore, two Aspirins will make noisy children go away.” Equivocation
"I worry that all of my wisdom is derived from bad analogies." "Listen, sometimes a good wine has to age before it is perfect." Misuse of Analogy
"If I announced I was going to “home doctor” my family and take my son’s appendix out on the kitchen table, the cops would be there pretty fast. Educational malpractice (homeschooling) should be illegal as well." Misuse of Analogy
"You know what happens with a steady drip of water into a bucket. If you invest only $200 a month, in no time you will have a great nest-egg." "That's all very well, but what if there's a hole in the bucket that we don't know about?" Misuse of Analogy
"The brain is like a sponge. The brain absorbs knowledge; a sponge absorbs water. After a time, the sponge becomes saturated and can hold no more water. Therefore, learning must also stop after a time because the brain can hold no more knowledge.” Misuse of Analogy
“Employees are like nails; you have to hit nails on the head to make them work, just like employees." Misuse of Analogy
Abortion is legal, so everyone should have one. Is/Ought
Marijuana is a plant and grows naturally everywhere, so we ought to legalize marijuana. Is/Ought
If nature doesn’t make it, then we shouldn’t have it. Is/Ought
If I were adopted, then I would know about it by now. I don't know that I'm adopted. Therefore, I wasn't adopted. Circular Reasoning
“Conservatives only support capitalism because they're psychopaths and hate the poor." Psychogenetic, Ad Hominem
"I have found you an argument; but I am not obliged to find you an understanding." Ultimate Fallacy
"You have to hire me! I have eight mouths to feed!" Language Tricks, Emotional Language
Since you haven't been able to prove your innocence, I must assume you're guilty. Appeal to Ignorance
The majority of this country voted for this President, therefore this president can't be wrong. Appeal to the People
This particular senator, whom I shall not name, is a known cocaine user, yet he has dared to take a stand against our Central American policy. Argument to the Man (Ad Hominem)
We should never believe those great philosophers because during that time, they also believed that the world was flat. Chronological Snobbery
"You want to share credit? It's so sad that fame is more important to you than science." Strawman, Ad Hominem
Experts agree that the best way to prevent for nuclear war, is to prepare for it. Anonymous Authority
Oprah says it's bad to eat after 6pm, so you shouldn't eat after 6pm. Appeal to Authority
Four out of five dentists recommend Happy Glossy Smiley toothpaste, therefore it must be great! Hasty Generalization
The only reason he supports the occupation in Pakistan is because he's ex-military. Psychogenetic
If you don't love bacon, you're wrong. False dilemma
“How many times a day do you beat your wife?” Loaded Question
Studies have shown that spicy food gives you acne. Anonymous Authority
The police found a dead body with three bullet wounds. (Ex. fact: the person was shot 3 times, then killed with a knife.) Fallacy of Exclusion
"Glenn Beck is an idiot; you can't believe anything he says." Argument to the Man (Ad Hominem)
In a court of law, the jury vote by majority; therefore they will always make the correct decision. Appeal to the People
Interviewer: "Your resume looks impressive but I need another reference." Bill: "Jill can give me a good reference." Interviewer: "Good. But how do I know that Jill is trustworthy?" Bill: "Certainly. I can vouch for her." Circular Reasoning (Begging the Question)
“If such actions were not illegal, then they would not be prohibited by the law." Circular Reasoning (Begging the Question)
"Will that be cash or charge?" Loaded Question
Do women have to worry about man-eating sharks? Equivocation
If you're not for me, you're against me. False dilemma
If it looks like a dog, and sounds like a dog, it’s a dog. Hasty Generalization
They say gum takes seven years to digest, so whatever you do, don't swallow it! Anonymous Authority
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Cliche Thinking
"How should she know what the latest fashion is? She wore stripes with patterns just last week." Argument to the Man (Ad Hominem)
Most people believe in a god or higher power, therefore, a god or a higher power must exist. Appeal to the People
"You have to hire me! I have eight mouths to feed!" Language Tricks, Emotional Language
 

 



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