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logical fallacy

Appeals to Authority

Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.
~ Leonardo da Vinci (born: 1452-04-15 died: 1519-05-02 at age: 67)

The Nizkor Project explains many of the logical fallacies frequently used in debate. They are logical-sounding nonsense. They are dishonest tricks used when the there are no facts to support a position.

There is one fallacy that I don’t think has a name is popular in political debates. It goes like this, We can’t put mother in a home, because she will die. What is left out is that mother will die no matter where you house her. It is a true, but irrelevant statement. We can’t end the war now, because there will be chaos in the withdrawal. Yes, but there will be chaos no matter when you withdraw. I might call it the irrelevancy fallacy.


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