Adorable Fallacies

It seems like somone was just telling me that I should brush up on my logical fallacies. Fortunately, programmer Ali Almossawi has produced An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments, a freely available guide to all those forms of shoddy thinking that bedevil us. From the introduction:

This book is aimed at newcomers to the field of logical reasoning, particularly those who, to borrow a phrase from Pascal, are so made that they understand best through visuals. I have selected a small set of common errors in reasoning and visualized them using memorable illustrations that are supplemented with lots of examples. The hope is that the reader will learn from these pages some of the most common pitfalls in arguments and be able to identify and avoid them in practice.

Hallquist on Eich
Romance at Mars Hill
The Undeath of the Author
Being Agent Scully
  • Guest

    It’s so cute. Useful, as well. I’ve spotted a couple which I know i’ve been guilty of recently.

  • Ricker

    I like how you named the dictatorship image…=)

    • kessy_athena

      And I thought that was cat typing…. I guess I’m missing something? Help? Please?

      • Ricker

        If you click on the dictatorship image (the middle one), you’ll see that it was given the following title:

  • Jim

    Atheists are the worst at bad arguments.

    Claims like…the smartest physicists are atheist…therefore knowing the truth of physics sheds humans of belief in God.

    This is a common fallacy that was debunked by several polls that proved people with high math and science scores face a choice in college of Physicists, engineering, Medicine, and biology. Atheists enter, overwhelmingly, the fields of Origins and Theists overwhelmingly–Doctors. So most are already atheists. It was surmised that Theists, had no compulsive desire to search for an answer they already felt they had and chose to help people instead.

    Category mistake.
    Because we understand the laws of the had no Creator.

    This is like a car being transported to the distant past and finally after many years they understand how the car works–therefore no one designed it.

    Gambler fallacy

    Because the our single universe is fine tuned to the probability of effectually zero—there must be an almost uncountable amount of other universes to make up for why we hit the jackpot.

    This presupposes naturalism.


    Naturalistic Science is the only way to truth

    –yet that statement is not derived from science–it is a philosophy

    My favorite is

    1 God would make his existence proof positive by writing his name in the sky or inscribing it on the atom or something similar.
    2 he didn’t do so
    3 Therefore, God doesn’t exist
    Anytime someone makes a claim like this just tell him to form it like this:

    1 John would make his existence proof positive by writing his name in the sky or inscribing it on the atom or something similar if he were God
    2 he didn’t do so
    3 Therefore, John is not God

    We have no freewill
    Thoughts are causes by random collisions
    Therefore, my choice to believe I have no freewill cannot be based on logic

    Time is an illusion

    Oh by the way, here’s how the Big bang transpired.

    When atheists strip away all the fallacies and incoherent cognitive dissonance in their beliefs all they are left with is..”just because”

    • ZenDruid


    • rohl

      The same argument could be applied to religious folks. Both religious believers and atheist cannot prove nor disprove the existence of a higher power. Both groups use flawed arguments to convince others of their own beliefs. Both groups try passionately to disprove the other’s beliefs. Both groups believe that their choice to worship/not worship is the only right, and everyone else is wrong/an idiot. It’s hilarious watching the sides go against each other. However, I have never seen nor heard of atheist getting together and deciding to kill for their beliefs. There are numerous examples of religious groups who have done just that through out history, and it still continues today. Given a choice, I would have to pick the lesser of two evils.

    • decathelite

      Everyone of your examples is a strawman fallacy: Simplify the atheist’s argument to one you can call a fallacy and then call it a fallacy.