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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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Sun, Apr 07, 2019 - 09:10 PM

So there’s a huge debate on ab african pre Colombian contact . one commenter in a video on this subject stated "So the Egyptians can build pyramids but a ship is too much high science? Okay. Anyone else realise Egypt is coastal?" What kind of logical fallacy is this ?

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Michael Chase Walker
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About Michael Chase Walker

Michael Chase Walker is an actor, author, screenwriter, producer, and a former adjunct lecturer for the College of Santa Fe Moving Images Department, and Dreamworks Animation. His first motion picture was the animated classic, The Last Unicorn.
Michael was an in-house television writer for the hit television series: He-Man, She-Ra, Voltron, and V, the Series. In 1985, he was appointed Director of Children's programs for CBS Entertainment where he conceived, shaped and supervised the entire 1985 Saturday Morning line-up: Wildfire, Pee Wee's Playhouse, Galaxy High School, Teen Wolf, and over 10
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There are a few fallacies underlying the overall claim that:

So the Egyptians can build pyramids but a ship is too much high science? Okay. Anyone else realise Egypt is coastal?"

The first that comes to mind is false equivalence as described by Dr. Bo:

Thing 1 and thing 2 both share characteristic A.
Therefore, things 1 and 2 are equal.

The claimant here argues that building pyramids and boats are both high sciences and therefore equal, when in fact ship building is a very different operation than building pyramids. The assumption here is that a civilization capable of constructing a pyramid would also be capable of mastering shipbuilding that could withstand thousands of miles of ocean faring.

The claimant then offers a non-sequitur /irrelevant thesis that Egypt is a coastal town.

The fact that Egypt is coastal is irrelevant. While history proves many Mediterranean civilizations were capable of building ships and navigating the Mediterranean sea it does not logically follow they had mastered ocean-faring voyages as well. (Petitio principii) A fallacy that assumes what needs to be proven.


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