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I am an Ultra-Conservative, Alpha-Male, True Authentic Leader, Type "C" Personality, who is very active in my community; whether it is donating time, clothes or money for Project Concern or going to Common Council meetings and voicing my opinions. As a blogger, I intend to provide a different viewpoint "The way I see it!" on various world, national and local issues with a few helpful tips & tidbits sprinkled in.

Logical Fallacies Part I

Culture, Debates, Info

Begging the question

Begging the question tries to offer proof by simply using another version of the argument itself.  This is also called circular reasoning.  For example, “Wrestling is a dangerous sport because it is unsafe” begs the question.  Unsafe is a synonym for dangerous, so the statement goes around in a circle, getting nowhere.  Evidence of the claimed danger is missing.  Here’s another example with a different twist.  “Wrestling is a dangerous sport because wrestlers get injured.”  Here, the support fro the second part of the statement is the argument in the first part of the statement.  Obviously, since wrestling is a popular sport, it can be safe when undertaken with proper training and practice.  And here’s yet another example:  “Wrestlers love danger.”  This time, the problem is the unstated assumption that wrestling is supposed danger, not the sport, is what attracts wrestlers.  Yet the audience can’t be assumed to share the opinion that wrestling is dangerous.

 

Irrelevant argument

An irrelevant argument reaches a conclusion that doesn’t follow from the premises.  It’s also called a non sequitur (Latin for “it does not follow”).  This happens when a conclusion doesn’t follow from the premises.  Here’s an example: “Jane Jones is a forceful speaker, so she’ll make a good mayor.”  What does speaking ability have to do with being a good mayor?

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