Logical Fallacies

burden of proof - elvis lives

Burden of Proof

Asserting the burden of proof lies not with the person making the claim, but with someone else to…

sharpshooter - Global Temps1970-2008

Sharpshooter Fallacy

Selectively choosing data clusters to suit an argument, or finding a pattern to fit a presumption. An off-shoot…

why are planets like meatballs

Anecdotal Fallacy

Using personal experience or an isolated example instead of a valid argument, especially to dismiss statistics. Global warming?…

moving goal posts

Moving the Goalposts

Argument in which evidence presented in response to a specific claim is dismissed and some other (often greater)…

no true scotsman

No True Scotsman

Making what could be called an appeal to purity as a way to dismiss relevant criticisms or flaws…

math fallacy

Non Sequitur

An argument in which its conclusion does not follow from its premises. In a non sequitur, the conclusion…

false cause

False Cause

Presuming that a real or perceived relationship between things means that one is the cause of the other….

red harring

Red Herring

Presenting an irrelevant topic in order to divert attention from the original issue. Red Herring! The red herring…

slippery slope

Slippery Slope

Asserting that if we allow A to happen, then Z will consequently happen too, therefore A should not…

straw man

Straw Man

Misrepresenting someone’s argument to make it easier to attack. By far the favorite tactic of religious apologists and…