Logical Fallacy definition
Fallacies are the logical flaws in reasoning that lead to faulty conclusions. They are unsound, deceptive arguments that seem irrefutable, but prove nothing. And, yes, we’ve heard a lot of them lately.
The problem with this type of fallacious argumentation is that it impedes meaningful discussion – especially when someone doesn’t realize the argumentation is logically challenged.
It is extremely frustrating to deal with fallacies, especially for rational thinkers. Countering a fallacy with logic is like speaking another language. Both sides don’t understand each other.
You will undoubtedly recognize these fallacies.
How to deal with logical fallacies
Recognizing the structure of these errors in reasoning will strengthen your own arguments, and at the very least help you retain your sanity in these confusing times.
Understanding how fallacies are used in the public domain will put your mind at ease: you’re not crazy, you are gaslighted with unsound reasoning.
DELIBERATE USE OF FALLACIES
The use of logical fallacies can be unconscious, but it is often a deliberate tactic to disorient the opponent or the audience. If you’ve ever thought: “But… that just doesn’t make sense,” you’ve probably been presented with a fallacy – usually more than one.
The truth is, most of us commit fallacies every now and then, unconsciously or on purpose. Lawyers are trained in logic, so a good lawyer will recognize a fallacy – and may even purposely use them to disorient the opponent.
CONSPIRACY THEORIES & FALLACIES
When someone is parroting conspiracy theories, it’s almost impossible to point at specific logical flaws. These narratives are usually too complex and multi-layered, so that you probably don’t know where to start. Moreover, most conspiracy theories are built on more than one fallacy. So when you’ve debunked one part of the theory, another fallacy pops up.
Conspiracy theories are packed with fallacies. That is why they can’t be refuted with rational arguments: there is no logic to them.
The fallacies of evolutionism
EXPLAINED BY A CREATIONIST
In this video, a creationist offers an excellent course in logic and fallacies, and then goes on to explain why the weakness of evolutionists lays in their fallacious reasoning.
There is a major weakness in his reasoning, though: he commits several fallacies himself. All his reasoning is based on a presumption that he presents as a fact, namely that there is a God and that God cannot be wrong, thus cannot commit a fallacy. In other words, when it comes to God, logic does not apply.
This fascinating, fast-paced video, shows how fallacies are used to ‘prove’ almost any point. Watch the audience being overwhelmed by all that proof. Fasten your seatbelts, and try to stay focused on what he is really saying.