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Logical Fallacies Example


Initial Post Share a total of six different examples of logical fallacies, three from the fallacy exercises and three from your own observations. Make sure that each is an example of a different fallacy (not two or more examples of the same fallacy). Name the fallacy, provide the example, explain your reasoning.

  • 3 of your examples must be from the logical fallacy exercises you completed
  • 3 of your examples must be from your own observations
    • pay attention to your everyday exchanges with those around you
    • pay attention to the ads, posts, tweets, news sources, and the media you expose yourself to, mainstream or otherwise
    • Note: There are plenty of websites that provide prepared examples of fallacies; I ask you to not use these sources for your initial post (but you can use them in your replies to your peers’ posts (see instructions below)  

Reply to two posts 

In your replies, review the examples provided by your peers, offer alternative interpretations and/or additional examples of the fallacies covered, either from the list of fallacy exercises you completed, from your own observations, or from examples found online. For online sources and examples, make sure to use the toolbar to link in the URL in order to cite your source. You can also use the toolbar to embed any images or videos that you referenced. (See Helpful Canvas Guides below)

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Logical Fallacy Exercises To-Do Date: Jan 31 at 11:00pm

Instructions Identify the fallacy in each of the statements below. Briefly explain your answer.

Note: more than one fallacy may apply; try to identify the most fitting fallacy. (If you select more than one fallacy, they should apply to different phrases in the statement; explain how each apply.) Note: You will not turn all of your responses in; instead, you will share some of them with your peers as a part of the follow-up discussion.

1. “A group of self-appointed ‘life-style police’ are pushing to control many aspects of our daily lives. If they succeed, we lose our basic right to free choice. Today they’re targeting smoking. What’s next? Red meat? Leather?Coffee? If fifty million smokers can lose their rights anyone can.” {From an ad for the National Smokers Alliance)

2. You can’t expect insight and credibility from the recent book The Feminist Challenge because its author David Bouchier is, obviously, a man.

3. Politicians can’t be trusted because they lack integrity. 4. How long must we allow our courts to go on coddling criminals? 5. Why is it okay for people to choose the best house, the best schools, the best surgeon, the best

car, but not try to have the best baby possible?” (A father’s defense of the Nobel Prize winners’ sperm bank)

6. Anyone who truly cares about preserving the American way of life will vote Republican this fall. 7. When the Supreme Court ruled that school officials need not obtain search warrants or find

“probable cause” while conducting reasonable searches of students, they violated freedoms guaranteed under the Bill of Rights. If you allow a teacher to look for a knife or drugs, you’ll soon have strip searches and next, torture.

8. Since I walked under that ladder yesterday, I’ve lost my wallet and received a speeding ticket. 9. Sometimes, the best is not for everyone. (An ad for a “Parisian boutique”)

10. While our diplomats in France were gathering intelligence, their diplomats in Washington were practicing espionage.

11. I recently read about a homeless man with a burst appendix who was turned away from a hospital emergency room to die in the street. It’s obvious that hospitals don’t care about people, only money.

12. Do the vastly inflated salaries paid to professional athletes lead them into drug abuse?



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13. Reading test scores in public schools have declined dramatically. This decline was caused by the radical changes in teaching strategies introduced in the 1960s.

14. “I give so much pleasure to so many people. Why can’t I get some pleasure for myself?” (Comedian John Belushi to his doctor in justification of his drug use)

15. We must either give up some of our constitutional liberties to ensure that the government can protect us against terrorism or we will again fall prey to terrorists.

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