Fallacious Argument

An argument that sometimes fools human reasoning, but is not logically valid. It is crucial to remember that reasoning from definitions and facts to conclusions is fundamentally different from reasoning about definitions. Before you can scientifically establish whether or not Foo is a Bar, you have to establish the meaning of the label Bar.

A given term is associated with one or more definitions and one or more concepts. A definition is correct when it accurately represents a chosen concept. Definitions can be more or less formal, the more formal the better. Concepts are not correct or incorrect, but merely useful.

NOTE: The list of logical fallacies should be restricted to those in actual Wiki usage.

[Please take discussion to FallaciousArgumentsDiscussion. Please. Pretty please?]

Formal Fallacies (incorrectly constructed logical syllogisms [well, they're not ''all' three part logical errors])

Informal Fallacies (well-known) [These are fallacies you are likely to find in textbooks] Informal Fallacies (colloquial) [Most of these are variants of other fallacies or otherwise suggested by contributors] Not all of the above are arguments, some are actions, approaches or strategies. Does that make this page false? According to CriticalSuccessFactor, it does.

Critical Success Factor need not apply to a Wiki page for it to be useful. Let's not get carried away here.

See also CarlSagansBaloneyDetectionKit which has another list of FallaciousArguments.


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