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The Fallacy Factory

Before I wrote this piece, I spent a lot of time in contemplation and prayer.  My intention is not to impugn my friend’s character or beliefs.   1,296 more words


Averages deceive: birth control is better than the NYT credits

Update (16 Sep): This piece has become unexpectedly popular, which is a great but in retrospect I should have been more careful in my explanation. The point, and my numerical reasoning, stand, but to be clear: the problem is aggregation – the NYT’s implicit assumption of 100 couples each of which faces the group-average single-year effectiveness – and not dependence. 1,330 more words

GMAT: Common Fallacies

Since you can memorize the structure and a mock introduction and conclusion beforehand, the only difficult piece of AWA should be deciding how to attack the argument that’s presented. 1,194 more words


Argumentum ad Monsantium

by BRIAN DUNNING, Nov 08 2012

It’s my favorite new logical fallacy, the “Appeal to Monsanto”, the world’s largest producer of biotech agriculture seeds. This is the logic that compels many anti-GMO activists to reply to any argument in support of biotech crops with “So you love Monsanto?” 1,543 more words


Gambler's Fallacy

You are given a 100$ check to use in a casino of Las Vegas. You decide to travel there and take your chance.

You even bring your friend John.

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The Conspiracy Fallacy

by David Paxton @canyouflybobby

Writing refutations to the arguments of conspiracy theorists seems as difficult and brave as clubbing seals. But anyone who has ever publicly expressed even moderate support for military intervention has inevitably encountered various leaps of logic from the keyboards of conspiracy theorists.   398 more words


‘Better to assume the worst and be wrong than assume the best and be wrong.’

-Laurell K. Hamilton, Obsidian Butterfly