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Dr. Bo's Criteria for Logical Fallacies:

  1. It must be an error in reasoning not a factual error.
  2. It must be commonly applied to an argument either in the form of the argument or in the interpretation of the argument.
  3. It must be deceptive in that it often fools the average adult.

Therefore, we will define a logical fallacy as a concept within argumentation that commonly leads to an error in reasoning due to the deceptive nature of its presentation. Logical fallacies can comprise fallacious arguments that contain one or more non-factual errors in their form or deceptive arguments that often lead to fallacious reasoning in their evaluation.

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Non-Sequitur - Almost Certain? (14 hours ago)
Non-Sequitur - Almost Certain? (15 hours ago)
Non-Sequitur - Almost Certain? (15 hours ago)
Argument from simulation? (58 hours ago)
Argument from simulation? (16 hours ago)
Legitimate us of Reductio ad Absurdum? (22 hours ago)
Legitimate us of Reductio ad Absurdum? (61 hours ago)
Legitimate us of Reductio ad Absurdum? (23 hours ago)
Legitimate us of Reductio ad Absurdum? (23 hours ago)
Argument from simulation? (26 hours ago)
Argument from simulation? (26 hours ago)
Argument from simulation? (30 hours ago)
Legitimate us of Reductio ad Absurdum? (38 hours ago)
Legitimate us of Reductio ad Absurdum? (38 hours ago)
Argument from simulation? (54 hours ago)
Legitimate us of Reductio ad Absurdum? (55 hours ago)
Legitimate us of Reductio ad Absurdum? (58 hours ago)
Begging the question? (59 hours ago)
Begging the question? (59 hours ago)
Begging the question? (62 hours ago)
Begging the question? (62 hours ago)
Begging the question? (66 hours ago)
What's this fallacy - using the wrong tool/methodology (3 days ago)
What's this fallacy - using the wrong tool/methodology (66 hours ago)
What's this fallacy - using the wrong tool/methodology (66 hours ago)
Begging the question? (3 days ago)
What's this fallacy - using the wrong tool/methodology (3 days ago)
Begging the question? (5 days ago)
Begging the question? (3 days ago)
What's this fallacy - using the wrong tool/methodology (3 days ago)
Is the Fallacy of Composition a Fallacy of Ambiguity or a Fallacy of Insufficiency? (4 days ago)
Is the Fallacy of Composition a Fallacy of Ambiguity or a Fallacy of Insufficiency? (4 days ago)
Begging the question? (4 days ago)
Begging the question? (4 days ago)
Begging the question? (4 days ago)
Begging the question? (4 days ago)
Begging the question? (5 days ago)
Begging the question? (5 days ago)
How to convince people they are being fallacious? (Jan 18, 2020)
How to convince people they are being fallacious? (Jan 18, 2020)
How to convince people they are being fallacious? (Jan 18, 2020)
How to convince people they are being fallacious? (Jan 18, 2020)
Why Evolution is True Contest (Jan 15, 2020)
What Fallacy is this? Hasty generalization or Composition? (Jan 13, 2020)
What Fallacy is this? Hasty generalization or Composition? (Jan 11, 2020)
What Fallacy is this? Hasty generalization or Composition? (Jan 12, 2020)
What Fallacy is this? Hasty generalization or Composition? (Jan 12, 2020)
What fallacy is this? Appeal to extrmes, False Analogy or other? (Jan 11, 2020)
What fallacy is this? Appeal to extrmes, False Analogy or other? (Jan 11, 2020)
What fallacy is this? Appeal to extrmes, False Analogy or other? (Jan 11, 2020)
What fallacy is this? Appeal to extrmes, False Analogy or other? (Jan 11, 2020)
What fallacy is this? Appeal to extrmes, False Analogy or other? (Jan 11, 2020)
What fallacy is this? Appeal to extrmes, False Analogy or other? (Jan 11, 2020)
What fallacy is this? Appeal to extrmes, False Analogy or other? (Jan 11, 2020)
What fallacy is this? Appeal to extrmes, False Analogy or other? (Jan 11, 2020)
What fallacy is this? Appeal to extrmes, False Analogy or other? (Jan 10, 2020)
What fallacy is this? Appeal to extrmes, False Analogy or other? (Jan 10, 2020)
What fallacy is this? Appeal to extrmes, False Analogy or other? (Jan 10, 2020)
What fallacy is this? Appeal to extrmes, False Analogy or other? (Jan 09, 2020)
What fallacy is this? Appeal to extrmes, False Analogy or other? (Jan 10, 2020)
What fallacy is this? Appeal to extrmes, False Analogy or other? (Jan 10, 2020)
What fallacy is this? Appeal to extrmes, False Analogy or other? (Jan 09, 2020)
What fallacy is this? Appeal to extrmes, False Analogy or other? (Jan 09, 2020)
What fallacy is this? (Jan 08, 2020)
What fallacy is this? (Jan 08, 2020)
What fallacy is this? (Jan 08, 2020)
What kind of logical fallacy is this? (Jan 03, 2020)
What kind of logical fallacy is this? (Jan 01, 2020)
What kind of logical fallacy is this? (Jan 01, 2020)
What kind of logical fallacy is this? (Jan 01, 2020)
What kind of logical fallacy is this? (Jan 01, 2020)
What kind of logical fallacy we find in this sentences? (Jan 01, 2020)
What kind of logical fallacy is this? (Dec 31, 2019)
What kind of logical fallacy is this? (Dec 31, 2019)
How many fallacy’s are in this exchange of dialog (Dec 30, 2019)
How many fallacy’s are in this exchange of dialog (Dec 29, 2019)
A doubt this negation argument is valid. (Dec 18, 2019)
A doubt this negation argument is valid. (Dec 22, 2019)
A doubt this negation argument is valid. (Dec 19, 2019)
holding up an outlier to refute a true, factual statement (Dec 18, 2019)
holding up an outlier to refute a true, factual statement (Dec 18, 2019)
holding up an outlier to refute a true, factual statement (Dec 14, 2019)
holding up an outlier to refute a true, factual statement (Dec 16, 2019)
holding up an outlier to refute a true, factual statement (Dec 15, 2019)
The Reverse of Ad Hominem (Dec 14, 2019)
The Reverse of Ad Hominem (Dec 12, 2019)
The Reverse of Ad Hominem (Dec 13, 2019)
Fallacy about possible consequences of risk (Dec 11, 2019)
Fallacy about possible consequences of risk (Dec 13, 2019)
The Reverse of Ad Hominem (Dec 12, 2019)
The Reverse of Ad Hominem (Dec 12, 2019)
Making assumptions about the cognitive capacities of others (Dec 11, 2019)
Making assumptions about the cognitive capacities of others (Dec 11, 2019)
Making assumptions about the cognitive capacities of others (Dec 11, 2019)
Making assumptions about the cognitive capacities of others (Dec 11, 2019)
Fallacy about possible consequences of risk (Dec 11, 2019)
Fallacy about possible consequences of risk (Dec 11, 2019)
Fallacy about possible consequences of risk (Dec 11, 2019)
Fallacy about possible consequences of risk (Dec 11, 2019)
Making assumptions about the cognitive capacities of others (Dec 10, 2019)
What types of fallacies are these? (Dec 09, 2019)
What Fallacy would this be? (Dec 05, 2019)
What Fallacy would this be? (Dec 05, 2019)
What Fallacy would this be? (Dec 05, 2019)
What Fallacy would this be? (Dec 05, 2019)
What Fallacy would this be? (Dec 05, 2019)
What Fallacy would this be? (Dec 05, 2019)
What Fallacy would this be? (Dec 05, 2019)
What Fallacy would this be? (Dec 05, 2019)
What Fallacy would this be? (Dec 05, 2019)
What Fallacy would this be? (Dec 05, 2019)
What Fallacy would this be? (Dec 05, 2019)
What Fallacy would this be? (Dec 05, 2019)
What Fallacy would this be? (Dec 05, 2019)
What Fallacy would this be? (Dec 05, 2019)
Why worry about SEVERE FINES/DEATH SENTENCE if you follow the rules? (Nov 28, 2019)
Why worry about SEVERE FINES/DEATH SENTENCE if you follow the rules? (Nov 29, 2019)
Why worry about SEVERE FINES/DEATH SENTENCE if you follow the rules? (Nov 28, 2019)
Appeal to authority? (Nov 24, 2019)
Appeal to authority? (Nov 24, 2019)
Appeal to authority? (Nov 24, 2019)
Never-Ending Chain of Questionable Reasoning (Nov 22, 2019)
Never-Ending Chain of Questionable Reasoning (Nov 23, 2019)
Never-Ending Chain of Questionable Reasoning (Nov 22, 2019)
Help (Nov 14, 2019)
Help (Nov 21, 2019)
Is "pulling the race card" in this situation a valid example of Ad hominem (circumstantial)? (Nov 19, 2019)
Is "pulling the race card" in this situation a valid example of Ad hominem (circumstantial)? (Nov 21, 2019)
Is "I'm entitled to my opinion" in this situation a fallacy? (Nov 19, 2019)
What kind of fallacy? Negative hypothesis? (Nov 17, 2019)
What kind of fallacy? Negative hypothesis? (Nov 17, 2019)
This seems an invalid syllogism, is it? Life begins at conception...Abortion is murder...therefore Murder is wrong. (Nov 17, 2019)
I need help with this fallacy (Nov 15, 2019)
I need help with this fallacy (Nov 17, 2019)
Are moral values circular ?? (Nov 17, 2019)
Are moral values circular ?? (Nov 17, 2019)
I need help with this fallacy (Nov 16, 2019)
This seems an invalid syllogism, is it? Life begins at conception...Abortion is murder...therefore Murder is wrong. (Nov 16, 2019)
Is "I'm entitled to my opinion" in this situation a fallacy? (Nov 16, 2019)
Is "I'm entitled to my opinion" in this situation a fallacy? (Nov 16, 2019)
What fallacy is this: a solution is presented, suggesting that a problem exists? (Nov 15, 2019)
What fallacy is this: a solution is presented, suggesting that a problem exists? (Nov 15, 2019)
When you need more time to prove even if you have been proven wrong again and again (Nov 14, 2019)
When you need more time to prove even if you have been proven wrong again and again (Nov 14, 2019)
Anyone know this fallacy? (Nov 14, 2019)
Anyone know this fallacy? (Nov 14, 2019)
Which fallacies are these? (Nov 13, 2019)
Which fallacies are these? (Nov 14, 2019)
I think that this is a fallacy of ambiguity, can you please help me confirm? (Nov 14, 2019)
I think that this is a fallacy of ambiguity, can you please help me confirm? (Nov 12, 2019)
I think that this is a fallacy of ambiguity, can you please help me confirm? (Nov 13, 2019)
My Father refuses to accept any form of reasoning when I explain a school problem. (Nov 12, 2019)
My Father refuses to accept any form of reasoning when I explain a school problem. (Nov 12, 2019)
My Father refuses to accept any form of reasoning when I explain a school problem. (Nov 12, 2019)
My Father refuses to accept any form of reasoning when I explain a school problem. (Nov 12, 2019)
My Father refuses to accept any form of reasoning when I explain a school problem. (Nov 11, 2019)
My Father refuses to accept any form of reasoning when I explain a school problem. (Nov 12, 2019)
My Father refuses to accept any form of reasoning when I explain a school problem. (Nov 11, 2019)
My Father refuses to accept any form of reasoning when I explain a school problem. (Nov 11, 2019)
Everyone is "Just Insecure", "Just Jealous", or "just Overcompensating". . . (Nov 10, 2019)
Everyone is "Just Insecure", "Just Jealous", or "just Overcompensating". . . (Nov 11, 2019)
Everyone is "Just Insecure", "Just Jealous", or "just Overcompensating". . . (Nov 11, 2019)
Everyone is "Just Insecure", "Just Jealous", or "just Overcompensating". . . (Nov 11, 2019)
Everyone is "Just Insecure", "Just Jealous", or "just Overcompensating". . . (Nov 11, 2019)
Everyone is "Just Insecure", "Just Jealous", or "just Overcompensating". . . (Nov 11, 2019)
Fallacy name of jumping from definition of x to "x doesn't exist"? (Nov 07, 2019)
Fallacy name of jumping from definition of x to "x doesn't exist"? (Nov 07, 2019)
Making up fallacies (Nov 03, 2019)
Is this a Definist and/or False dichotomy Fallacy? (Nov 02, 2019)
Is this a Definist and/or False dichotomy Fallacy? (Nov 02, 2019)
Apparently ad populum AND circular! (Oct 31, 2019)
Apparently ad populum AND circular! (Nov 01, 2019)
Is this a Definist and/or False dichotomy Fallacy? (Nov 01, 2019)
Is this a Definist and/or False dichotomy Fallacy? (Nov 01, 2019)
Is this a Definist and/or False dichotomy Fallacy? (Nov 01, 2019)
Is this a Definist and/or False dichotomy Fallacy? (Nov 01, 2019)
If it works in china, it must also work in india (Nov 01, 2019)
Is this a Definist and/or False dichotomy Fallacy? (Oct 31, 2019)
Apparently ad populum AND circular! (Oct 31, 2019)
"She dressed provocatively - i.e. she "asked for it" (Oct 28, 2019)
"She dressed provocatively - i.e. she "asked for it" (Oct 28, 2019)
"She dressed provocatively - i.e. she "asked for it" (Oct 28, 2019)
'If we can't get it right in education, we can't get it right anywhere else.' (Oct 28, 2019)
'If we can't get it right in education, we can't get it right anywhere else.' (Oct 28, 2019)
'If we can't get it right in education, we can't get it right anywhere else.' (Oct 28, 2019)
If it works in china, it must also work in india (Oct 27, 2019)
If it works in china, it must also work in india (Oct 27, 2019)
If it works in china, it must also work in india (Oct 27, 2019)
"She dressed provocatively - i.e. she "asked for it" (Oct 27, 2019)
Is this a fallacy if so, what is it called? (Oct 27, 2019)
Is this a fallacy if so, what is it called? (Oct 27, 2019)
Is this a fallacy if so, what is it called? (Oct 27, 2019)
Making up fallacies (Oct 22, 2019)
Making up fallacies (Oct 25, 2019)
Making up fallacies (Oct 25, 2019)
Making up fallacies (Oct 25, 2019)
Making up fallacies (Oct 24, 2019)
Making up fallacies (Oct 22, 2019)
Making up fallacies (Oct 22, 2019)
Making up fallacies (Oct 22, 2019)
Making up fallacies (Oct 22, 2019)
Making up fallacies (Oct 22, 2019)
Are theses sentence fallacious? If so which fallacies? (Oct 21, 2019)
Are these fallacies, if so which fallacies? (Oct 21, 2019)
I saw this question today on Quora and immediately shared it here (Oct 21, 2019)
Are these fallacies, if so which fallacies? (Oct 21, 2019)
Are theses sentence fallacious? If so which fallacies? (Oct 20, 2019)
Are theses sentence fallacious? If so which fallacies? (Oct 21, 2019)
I saw this question today on Quora and immediately shared it here (Oct 20, 2019)
I saw this question today on Quora and immediately shared it here (Oct 01, 2019)
Are these fallacies, if so which fallacies? (Oct 20, 2019)
What fallacy is this? (Oct 17, 2019)
What fallacy is this? (Oct 18, 2019)
Creating Kafkaesque systems deliberately to dissuade competition, make is super difficult (Oct 11, 2019)
Creating Kafkaesque systems deliberately to dissuade competition, make is super difficult (Oct 18, 2019)
Creating Kafkaesque systems deliberately to dissuade competition, make is super difficult (Oct 18, 2019)
What fallacy is this? (Oct 18, 2019)
What fallacy is this? (Oct 18, 2019)
What fallacy is this? (Oct 18, 2019)
What fallacy is this? (Oct 18, 2019)
Does a pattern constitute evidence, logic or both? (Oct 14, 2019)
Creating Kafkaesque systems deliberately to dissuade competition, make is super difficult (Oct 13, 2019)
Does a pattern constitute evidence, logic or both? (Oct 13, 2019)
Does a pattern constitute evidence, logic or both? (Oct 13, 2019)
Does a pattern constitute evidence, logic or both? (Oct 13, 2019)
How would you characterise the fallacies in this statement: "If prisoners receive free meals, w. . . (Oct 13, 2019)
How would you characterise the fallacies in this statement: "If prisoners receive free meals, w. . . (Oct 13, 2019)
Creating Kafkaesque systems deliberately to dissuade competition, make is super difficult (Oct 12, 2019)
How would you characterise the fallacies in this statement: "If prisoners receive free meals, w. . . (Oct 10, 2019)
Good Does Not Offset Bad (Oct 10, 2019)
Good Does Not Offset Bad (Oct 10, 2019)
Good Does Not Offset Bad (Oct 10, 2019)
Good Does Not Offset Bad (Oct 10, 2019)
Good Does Not Offset Bad (Oct 10, 2019)
Good Does Not Offset Bad (Oct 10, 2019)
How would you characterise the fallacies in this statement: "If prisoners receive free meals, w. . . (Oct 10, 2019)
fallacy of intended use (Oct 09, 2019)
fallacy of intended use (Oct 08, 2019)
fallacy of intended use (Oct 08, 2019)
fallacy of intended use (Oct 08, 2019)
fallacy of intended use (Oct 08, 2019)
fallacy of intended use (Oct 08, 2019)
ARE MENTAL DISORDERS A LOGICAL OXYMORON FALLACY? (Sep 18, 2019)
Asking extremely basic questions to win arguments - Name the bias or the fallacy at play (Oct 05, 2019)
Is it that easy to manipulate people ? (Sep 28, 2019)
Is it that easy to manipulate people ? (Oct 05, 2019)
Asking extremely basic questions to win arguments - Name the bias or the fallacy at play (Oct 05, 2019)
Asking extremely basic questions to win arguments - Name the bias or the fallacy at play (Oct 04, 2019)
Never Being Named Directly - Fallacy or Fair Argument? (Oct 03, 2019)

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