Circular Sea Lion

IO9 has shared illustrations of fallacious arguments with animals. Above is the one for circular reasoning, which obviously relates to how some use the Bible. Click through to see the others.   [Read more...]

Argumentum a Recensiones Amazon

I have encountered what may be a relatively new fallacy, but is a logical fallacy nevertheless. A commenter attempted to argue that the Intelligent Design book Darwin’s Doubt is weighty because it has more 5-star reviews on than 1-star reviews. That is pretty surprising, to be sure, even given the inevitable turnout of the [Read More...]

Ad Hominem

Regular commenter Ian said the following, which made an important point clearly and succinctly, and so I wanted to share it. He wrote: Being shown in detail that you’re wrong is often confused for a personal attack. I have heard so many people, when presented with counter-evidence to their views, complained that the person criticizing [Read More...]

Galileo Gambit

Open Parachute has a great post about the Galileo gambit or Galileo fallacy, the notion that having one's ideas opposed somehow demonstrates that they are correct. Here is a takeaway quote: The real lesson from Galileo is not to oppose the “establishment” or current scientific consensus – but to rely on evidence. It was this [Read More...]

The Danger of Backfiring Skepticism

Skepticism ought to be about critical thinking. But it often ends up being something else, which is illustrated nicely in the latest cartoon by David Hayward: It is a bit like the point made in Richard Beck’s recent blog post about scapegoating. Going against the flow, once looked down upon, is now highly appreciated in [Read More...]