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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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Creating Kafkaesque systems deliberately to dissuade competition, make is super difficult (11 hours ago)
Creating Kafkaesque systems deliberately to dissuade competition, make is super difficult (60 hours ago)
Does a pattern constitute evidence, logic or both? (22 hours ago)
Does a pattern constitute evidence, logic or both? (22 hours ago)
Does a pattern constitute evidence, logic or both? (24 hours ago)
Does a pattern constitute evidence, logic or both? (32 hours ago)
How would you characterise the fallacies in this statement: "If prisoners receive free meals, w. . . (31 hours ago)
How would you characterise the fallacies in this statement: "If prisoners receive free meals, w. . . (31 hours ago)
Creating Kafkaesque systems deliberately to dissuade competition, make is super difficult (56 hours ago)
How would you characterise the fallacies in this statement: "If prisoners receive free meals, w. . . (4 days ago)
Good Does Not Offset Bad (3 days ago)
Good Does Not Offset Bad (3 days ago)
Good Does Not Offset Bad (3 days ago)
Good Does Not Offset Bad (3 days ago)
Good Does Not Offset Bad (3 days ago)
Good Does Not Offset Bad (3 days ago)
How would you characterise the fallacies in this statement: "If prisoners receive free meals, w. . . (3 days ago)
fallacy of intended use (5 days ago)
fallacy of intended use (5 days ago)
fallacy of intended use (5 days ago)
fallacy of intended use (5 days ago)
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 ? (Oct 05, 2019)
Is it that easy to manipulate people ? (Sep 28, 2019)
Asking extremely basic questions to win arguments - Name the bias or the fallacy at play (Oct 05, 2019)
I saw this question today on Quora and immediately shared it here (Oct 04, 2019)
I saw this question today on Quora and immediately shared it here (Oct 01, 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)
Asking extremely basic questions to win arguments - Name the bias or the fallacy at play (Oct 02, 2019)
Asking extremely basic questions to win arguments - Name the bias or the fallacy at play (Oct 02, 2019)
I saw this question today on Quora and immediately shared it here (Oct 02, 2019)
Never Being Named Directly - Fallacy or Fair Argument? (Oct 02, 2019)
Never Being Named Directly - Fallacy or Fair Argument? (Oct 01, 2019)
I saw this question today on Quora and immediately shared it here (Oct 01, 2019)
Never Being Named Directly - Fallacy or Fair Argument? (Sep 30, 2019)
Is it that easy to manipulate people ? (Oct 01, 2019)
Never Being Named Directly - Fallacy or Fair Argument? (Oct 01, 2019)
Never Being Named Directly - Fallacy or Fair Argument? (Sep 30, 2019)
Never Being Named Directly - Fallacy or Fair Argument? (Sep 30, 2019)
Never Being Named Directly - Fallacy or Fair Argument? (Sep 30, 2019)
Asking extremely basic questions to win arguments - Name the bias or the fallacy at play (Sep 30, 2019)
Asking extremely basic questions to win arguments - Name the bias or the fallacy at play (Sep 30, 2019)
Asking extremely basic questions to win arguments - Name the bias or the fallacy at play (Sep 30, 2019)
Asking extremely basic questions to win arguments - Name the bias or the fallacy at play (Sep 30, 2019)
Is it that easy to manipulate people ? (Sep 30, 2019)
Asking extremely basic questions to win arguments - Name the bias or the fallacy at play (Sep 30, 2019)
Asking extremely basic questions to win arguments - Name the bias or the fallacy at play (Sep 29, 2019)
Asking extremely basic questions to win arguments - Name the bias or the fallacy at play (Sep 29, 2019)
Is it that easy to manipulate people ? (Sep 29, 2019)
Is it that easy to manipulate people ? (Sep 29, 2019)
Is it that easy to manipulate people ? (Sep 29, 2019)
The Euthyphro Fallacy? (Sep 28, 2019)
The Euthyphro Fallacy? (Sep 28, 2019)
The Euthyphro Fallacy? (Sep 27, 2019)
The Euthyphro Fallacy? (Sep 02, 2019)
Is presenting the number of academic citations an appeal to authority? (Sep 26, 2019)
Is presenting the number of academic citations an appeal to authority? (Aug 28, 2019)
10,000 People Can't Keep a Secret = Red Herring? (Sep 25, 2019)
10,000 People Can't Keep a Secret = Red Herring? (Sep 25, 2019)
10,000 People Can't Keep a Secret = Red Herring? (Sep 25, 2019)
True Statement, yet still an Argument from Incredulity? (Sep 25, 2019)
True Statement, yet still an Argument from Incredulity? (Sep 20, 2019)
10,000 People Can't Keep a Secret = Red Herring? (Sep 25, 2019)
10,000 People Can't Keep a Secret = Red Herring? (Sep 22, 2019)
10,000 People Can't Keep a Secret = Red Herring? (Sep 24, 2019)
10,000 People Can't Keep a Secret = Red Herring? (Sep 23, 2019)
10,000 People Can't Keep a Secret = Red Herring? (Sep 23, 2019)
10,000 People Can't Keep a Secret = Red Herring? (Sep 22, 2019)
10,000 People Can't Keep a Secret = Red Herring? (Sep 22, 2019)
10,000 People Can't Keep a Secret = Red Herring? (Sep 22, 2019)
10,000 People Can't Keep a Secret = Red Herring? (Sep 22, 2019)
10,000 People Can't Keep a Secret = Red Herring? (Sep 22, 2019)
True Statement, yet still an Argument from Incredulity? (Sep 22, 2019)
10,000 People Can't Keep a Secret = Red Herring? (Sep 22, 2019)
10,000 People Can't Keep a Secret = Red Herring? (Sep 22, 2019)
True Statement, yet still an Argument from Incredulity? (Sep 22, 2019)
True Statement, yet still an Argument from Incredulity? (Sep 22, 2019)
True Statement, yet still an Argument from Incredulity? (Sep 22, 2019)
True Statement, yet still an Argument from Incredulity? (Sep 22, 2019)
True Statement, yet still an Argument from Incredulity? (Sep 21, 2019)
True Statement, yet still an Argument from Incredulity? (Sep 21, 2019)
Is presenting the number of academic citations an appeal to authority? (Sep 21, 2019)
True Statement, yet still an Argument from Incredulity? (Sep 21, 2019)
Is presenting the number of academic citations an appeal to authority? (Sep 20, 2019)
The Euthyphro Fallacy? (Sep 19, 2019)
Is presenting the number of academic citations an appeal to authority? (Sep 19, 2019)
ARE MENTAL DISORDERS A LOGICAL OXYMORON FALLACY? (Sep 19, 2019)
Can't be true, because look at this exception ... (Sep 18, 2019)
Planned Parenthood sells body parts, and the objection is based on what? (Sep 18, 2019)
Planned Parenthood sells body parts, and the objection is based on what? (Sep 16, 2019)
Can't be true, because look at this exception ... (Sep 18, 2019)
Can't be true, because look at this exception ... (Sep 18, 2019)
Can't be true, because look at this exception ... (Sep 17, 2019)
ARE MENTAL DISORDERS A LOGICAL OXYMORON FALLACY? (Sep 18, 2019)
The Euthyphro Fallacy? (Sep 17, 2019)
Planned Parenthood sells body parts, and the objection is based on what? (Sep 17, 2019)
Guilt by Association? Or something else? (Sep 17, 2019)
Planned Parenthood sells body parts, and the objection is based on what? (Sep 17, 2019)
Pfull of Pfallacies? (Sep 17, 2019)
Pfull of Pfallacies? (Sep 17, 2019)
The Euthyphro Fallacy? (Sep 17, 2019)
Planned Parenthood sells body parts, and the objection is based on what? (Sep 17, 2019)
Pfull of Pfallacies? (Sep 16, 2019)
Pfull of Pfallacies? (Sep 16, 2019)
Guilt by Association? Or something else? (Sep 16, 2019)
Guilt by Association? Or something else? (Sep 13, 2019)
The Euthyphro Fallacy? (Sep 16, 2019)
"You can't prove a negative" (Sep 16, 2019)
"You can't prove a negative" (Sep 15, 2019)
"You can't prove a negative" (Sep 14, 2019)
Guilt by Association? Or something else? (Sep 15, 2019)
"You can't prove a negative" (Sep 14, 2019)
Guilt by Association? Or something else? (Sep 14, 2019)
Guilt by Association? Or something else? (Sep 14, 2019)
Guilt by Association? Or something else? (Sep 14, 2019)
Guilt by Association? Or something else? (Sep 14, 2019)
Guilt by Association? Or something else? (Sep 13, 2019)
The Euthyphro Fallacy? (Sep 10, 2019)
Is presenting the number of academic citations an appeal to authority? (Sep 08, 2019)
Is presenting the number of academic citations an appeal to authority? (Sep 07, 2019)
The Euthyphro Fallacy? (Sep 06, 2019)
I need the words for what I’m thinking. Help! (Sep 06, 2019)
Is there a logical fallacy in the following statement? (Sep 05, 2019)
Is there a logical fallacy in the following statement? (Sep 05, 2019)
Deferring causal attribution to parts of the whole (Sep 05, 2019)
Deferring causal attribution to parts of the whole (Sep 05, 2019)
What is the difference between hasty generalization and sweeping generalization? (Sep 05, 2019)
Deferring causal attribution to parts of the whole (Sep 05, 2019)
Deferring causal attribution to parts of the whole (Sep 03, 2019)
Deferring causal attribution to parts of the whole (Sep 04, 2019)
Deferring causal attribution to parts of the whole (Sep 04, 2019)
Deferring causal attribution to parts of the whole (Sep 04, 2019)
The Euthyphro Fallacy? (Sep 04, 2019)
The Euthyphro Fallacy? (Sep 04, 2019)
Deferring causal attribution to parts of the whole (Sep 04, 2019)
The Euthyphro Fallacy? (Sep 03, 2019)
The Euthyphro Fallacy? (Sep 03, 2019)
The Euthyphro Fallacy? (Sep 02, 2019)
The Euthyphro Fallacy? (Sep 02, 2019)
Is this a fallacy and what kind? (Sep 02, 2019)
Is this a fallacy and what kind? (Sep 02, 2019)
Is this a fallacy and what kind? (Sep 02, 2019)
Is presenting the number of academic citations an appeal to authority? (Sep 02, 2019)
Is there a logical fallacy in the following statement? (Sep 01, 2019)
Is there a logical fallacy in the following statement? (Aug 31, 2019)
What kind of fallacy dismisses all conspiracy theory as bogus? (Sep 01, 2019)
I need the words for what I’m thinking. Help! (Aug 31, 2019)
What logical fallacies are being used in this situation? (Aug 31, 2019)
What logical fallacies are being used in this situation? (Aug 31, 2019)
Is there a logical fallacy in the following statement? (Aug 31, 2019)
Is there a logical fallacy in the following statement? (Aug 31, 2019)
What kind of fallacy dismisses all conspiracy theory as bogus? (Aug 31, 2019)
What logical fallacies are being used in this situation? (Aug 31, 2019)
What kind of fallacy dismisses all conspiracy theory as bogus? (Aug 31, 2019)
What logical fallacies are being used in this situation? (Aug 31, 2019)
What kind of fallacy dismisses all conspiracy theory as bogus? (Oct 08, 2017)
I need the words for what I’m thinking. Help! (Aug 30, 2019)
I need the words for what I’m thinking. Help! (Jul 30, 2019)
When saying that "too much" of something is actually not that thing, is that a fallacy? (Aug 30, 2019)
When saying that "too much" of something is actually not that thing, is that a fallacy? (Aug 30, 2019)
I need the words for what I’m thinking. Help! (Aug 29, 2019)
Is presenting the number of academic citations an appeal to authority? (Aug 28, 2019)
My teacher says there is a fallacy in this? Is there and what kind? thanks (Aug 26, 2019)
What is the logical fallacy in this meme? (Aug 26, 2019)
What is the logical fallacy in this meme? (Aug 26, 2019)
Chesterton's Folly (Aug 22, 2019)
Chesterton's Folly (Aug 21, 2019)
Is it true that no person is above the Law in the United States? (Aug 21, 2019)
Is it true that no person is above the Law in the United States? (Aug 21, 2019)
Is it true that no person is above the Law in the United States? (Aug 21, 2019)
Is it true that no person is above the Law in the United States? (Aug 21, 2019)
Is it true that no person is above the Law in the United States? (Aug 21, 2019)
What is the logical fallacy in this meme? (Aug 19, 2019)
What is the logical fallacy that feminists commonly use to vandalize during protests? (Aug 19, 2019)
What is the logical fallacy that feminists commonly use to vandalize during protests? (Aug 17, 2019)
What is the logical fallacy that feminists commonly use to vandalize during protests? (Aug 19, 2019)
What is the logical fallacy that feminists commonly use to vandalize during protests? (Aug 18, 2019)
What is the logical fallacy that feminists commonly use to vandalize during protests? (Aug 17, 2019)
What is the logical fallacy that feminists commonly use to vandalize during protests? (Aug 17, 2019)
What is the logical fallacy in this meme? (Aug 17, 2019)
What is the logical fallacy in this meme? (Aug 17, 2019)
Is it possible to win the upcoming presidential debate without wielding fallacy? (Aug 17, 2019)
Is it possible to win the upcoming presidential debate without wielding fallacy? (Aug 14, 2019)
Is it possible to win the upcoming presidential debate without wielding fallacy? (Aug 17, 2019)
Is it possible to win the upcoming presidential debate without wielding fallacy? (Aug 17, 2019)
Is it possible to win the upcoming presidential debate without wielding fallacy? (Aug 17, 2019)
Is it possible to win the upcoming presidential debate without wielding fallacy? (Aug 17, 2019)
Person A makes Claim X. Person B states Claim X is baseless. Person A then states that at some point. . . (Aug 15, 2019)
Person A makes Claim X. Person B states Claim X is baseless. Person A then states that at some point. . . (Aug 14, 2019)
Person A makes Claim X. Person B states Claim X is baseless. Person A then states that at some point. . . (Aug 15, 2019)
Person A makes Claim X. Person B states Claim X is baseless. Person A then states that at some point. . . (Aug 15, 2019)
Person A makes Claim X. Person B states Claim X is baseless. Person A then states that at some point. . . (Aug 15, 2019)
Is it true that no person is above the Law in the United States? (Aug 14, 2019)
Is it true that no person is above the Law in the United States? (Aug 14, 2019)
Is it true that no person is above the Law in the United States? (Aug 14, 2019)
Is it true that no person is above the Law in the United States? (Aug 14, 2019)
Is it true that no person is above the Law in the United States? (Aug 13, 2019)
Is it true that no person is above the Law in the United States? (Aug 13, 2019)
Is it true that no person is above the Law in the United States? (Aug 13, 2019)
Is it true that no person is above the Law in the United States? (Aug 13, 2019)
Is it true that no person is above the Law in the United States? (Aug 13, 2019)
Quora is a Q/A site. Can you comment on the fallac(y,ies) in the question shown? (Aug 12, 2019)
Quora is a Q/A site. Can you comment on the fallac(y,ies) in the question shown? (Aug 08, 2019)
Is it true that no person is above the Law in the United States? (Aug 12, 2019)
Fallacy of association or conspiracy fallacy? (Aug 12, 2019)
Fallacy of association or conspiracy fallacy? (Aug 11, 2019)
Fallacy of association or conspiracy fallacy? (Aug 11, 2019)
Fallacy of association or conspiracy fallacy? (Aug 11, 2019)
Fallacy of association or conspiracy fallacy? (Aug 10, 2019)
Fallacy of association or conspiracy fallacy? (Aug 11, 2019)
Fallacy of association or conspiracy fallacy? (Aug 11, 2019)
Fallacy of association or conspiracy fallacy? (Aug 11, 2019)
Fallacy of association or conspiracy fallacy? (Aug 11, 2019)
Is it true that no person is above the Law in the United States? (Aug 10, 2019)
Is it true that no person is above the Law in the United States? (Aug 10, 2019)
Is it true that no person is above the Law in the United States? (Aug 10, 2019)
Is it true that no person is above the Law in the United States? (Aug 10, 2019)
Fallacy of association or conspiracy fallacy? (Aug 10, 2019)
Is it true that no person is above the Law in the United States? (Aug 10, 2019)
Is it true that no person is above the Law in the United States? (Aug 10, 2019)
Is it true that no person is above the Law in the United States? (Aug 10, 2019)
Is it true that no person is above the Law in the United States? (Aug 10, 2019)
Is it true that no person is above the Law in the United States? (Aug 09, 2019)
Whataboutism (Aug 09, 2019)
Dismissing facts by quoting them with irony (Aug 08, 2019)
Dismissing facts by quoting them with irony (Aug 08, 2019)
Dismissing facts by quoting them with irony (Aug 08, 2019)
Whataboutism (Aug 08, 2019)
Quora is a Q/A site. Can you comment on the fallac(y,ies) in the question shown? (Aug 08, 2019)
Quora is a Q/A site. Can you comment on the fallac(y,ies) in the question shown? (Aug 08, 2019)
Quora is a Q/A site. Can you comment on the fallac(y,ies) in the question shown? (Aug 08, 2019)
Whataboutism (Aug 08, 2019)
Whataboutism (Aug 08, 2019)
Reductio Ad Aburdum and false accusation of false analogy/false equivalence + strawman?? (Aug 07, 2019)
Abortion as self-defense (Aug 07, 2019)
Reductio Ad Aburdum and false accusation of false analogy/false equivalence + strawman?? (Aug 07, 2019)
Is it true that no person is above the Law in the United States? (Aug 07, 2019)
Is it true that no person is above the Law in the United States? (Aug 06, 2019)
Reductio Ad Aburdum and false accusation of false analogy/false equivalence + strawman?? (Aug 06, 2019)
Reductio Ad Aburdum and false accusation of false analogy/false equivalence + strawman?? (Aug 06, 2019)
Reductio Ad Aburdum and false accusation of false analogy/false equivalence + strawman?? (Aug 06, 2019)
Reductio Ad Aburdum and false accusation of false analogy/false equivalence + strawman?? (Aug 06, 2019)

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