A fallacy is a mistake in reasoning. It isn’t just being wrong. It isn’t just being silly. It is where a conclusion has been reached through an incorrect or unfair process.
Your fallacies must come from the list of fallacies that follows:
1. You must find five (5) fallacies
2. Your fallacies must come from the following list:
• Ad hominem (you can have a maximum of 2 of the 3 types of ad hominem, but both must be different):
o Ad hominem abusive
o Ad hominem tu quoque
o Ad hominem circumstantial
• Affirming the consequent
• Appeal to ignorance
• Begging the question
• Denying the antecedent
• False analogy
• False dilemma
• Hasty generalisation
• Post hoc, ergo propter hoc
• Confusion of correlation and cause
• Slippery slope
• Straw man
• Fallacy fallacy
• No true Scotsman
3. You are not to use a type of fallacy more than once
4. Each fallacy must have occurred during This Year (2014)
5. Each fallacies must be from a different source:
5.1. A minimum of one (1) and a maximum of two (2) of your fallacies must be spoken—from a relative, friend, politician, speech, YouTube video, television, etc.
5.1.1. You will be awarded a bonus point if one (1) of the above fallacies comes (unintentionally) from any of your current teachers
5.2. A minimum of zero (0) and a maximum of two (2) of your fallacies must come from a website, including Facebook comments, blogs, online articles, etc. However, for example, Facebook counts as a source, and cannot be repeated.
5.3. A minimum of two (2) and a maximum of three (3) fallacies must come from a printed source, e.g.: newspapers, magazines, brochures, pamphlets.
5.3.1. Online newspapers do not count as written sources, you must have the fallacy in print
5.3.2. A “source” in printed cases is equal to an issue, for example: Thursday’s Gold Coast Bulletin and Friday’s Gold Coast Bulletin can be used, but you cannot find more than one in each.
6. The fallacy MUST be unintentional. Funny TV shows that have fallacies in them are using them to be funny, not to make a mistake; and fallacies appearing in fiction are not mistakes
7. The fallacy MUST be serious. If the source was approached, would they say they were only joking or exaggerating, rather than making a legitimate argument?
8. Fallacies always occur in a process of reasoning—make sure you actually have a fallacy, and not just a mistake (an easy way to check is to see if there is a conclusion—no conclusion, no fallacy).
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