Hey there! I want to talk to again you about logical fallacies! There are oh so many and I’d like to go over them. We are now on to part 14 of my series on here. In this series, we are only covering the actual fallacies and what they are, not the application of them or anything outside of the basics.
Remember for your argument to be logical, THOU MUST NOT COMMIT LOGICAL FALLACIES! Instead of just pointlessly copying and pasting, I will describe these in my own words for you, if that isn’t your thing, check out the bottom for references. Otherwise, kindly read on…
The Fake News Fallacy
Now this is a much more modernly understood fallacy, however there has always been elements of fake news in society, it’s just more prevalent than ever and we are able to catch it much easier and fact check with our current technology. This isn’t just lying about thew news, it’s a bit more specific than that. This is where facts and real news are mixed in with entertainment with lies and misinformation added in. Essentially it’s reporting a story with such small changes that help fit their agenda, but may go unnoticed and is usually done so for profit and appeals to ideologies. Typically those who exhibit this behavior claim their audience should know that it is just entertainment. This fallacy was used to deplatform and fully censor Alex Jones for exhibiting some of this behavior.
The Job’s Comforter Fallacy
This more commonly known as “what goes around comes around.” This is the fallacy that there is no such thing as random chance and if someone was to suffer in someway it must have been deserved for our evil deeds or someone else’s secret wickedness that we aren’t aware of, but affected by. It’s illogical to excuse bad things as being a direct consequence of a specific action in the past done by you or someone else and that we should therefore accept them.
The Just Do It Fallacy
This is an abusive argument from force more formally known as an Argumentum ad Baculum. This is where someone with power casts aside morality or some type of rule or obligation to those they have power over and demands the orders are completed by any means. This gives a clear implication that unethical and immoral practices should be used if needed. We can see this fallacy closely related to greed. For example child sweatshop workers are means of getting products to cost a certain amount by any means necessary.
The Just Plain Folks Fallacy
This is a modern argument from ethos where someone might argue to a more rural audience that they are “plain folk” and that you can understand what they are saying and that they share your values in attempt to sway you to their side without actually giving a real reason why. Someone could in-fact have the same values as you and still do something you don’t agree with. They also argue that because they’re just like you and the other party involved isn’t that you shouldn’t trust them and you should align with the arguing this point. This is seen mainly in politics, but can be used in many situations.
The Law Of Unintended Consequences
This is the elevated version of Murphy’s Law that anything that could go wrong will. The difference here is that with this fallacy someone may arbitrarily claim something and that because we can never know the unintended consequences of every action, all efforts to improve the world may end up making it worse and so we must not try to do better, but rather become more resilient to these consequences. This is a way to argue against any type of positive sentiment based movements. For example say someone doesn’t want us cutting down the rain forest and a paper company argues that because not cutting it down may have even worse unforeseen consequences we aren’t aware of, it’s better that we just become less sensitive to losing the rain forest.
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