Category Archives: Logical Fallacies

Requesting Definitions or Evidence Carries no Burden of Proof (and Bayesian Analysis’ Fatal Flaw)

I treasure my lifetime subscription to Skeptical Inquirer magazine. I’ve probably learned more about evaluating scientific claims from reading it over the past several decades than from any other single source. Recently, along with the typical torrent of terrific articles … Continue reading

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Doublespeak – Fact Manipulation

“Quidquid Latine dictum sit altum videtur“ (meaning — incomprehensiblity is no reason for you to take an idea seriously) Doublespeak is the use of words to misleadingly hide, disguise, inflate or reverse unpleasant meaning, or meaninglessness. The Four Kinds of … Continue reading

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Logical Fallacies Do Not Require Intent

Some people mistakenly believe that a logical fallacy requires an intent to deceive. The truth is — “The logical nature of a fallacy is independent of the intention of the party using it.” From — “The science of logic; an … Continue reading

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