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Source: Book of Bad Arguments


I deal with bad arguments all the time, constantly swatting away silly arguments and foolish rhetoric. This little book does a nice job summarizing them all.


Category: Philosophy, Really, really bad calls

Please use the comments to demonstrate your own ignorance, unfamiliarity with empirical data and lack of respect for scientific knowledge. Be sure to create straw men and argue against things I have neither said nor implied. If you could repeat previously discredited memes or steer the conversation into irrelevant, off topic discussions, it would be appreciated. Lastly, kindly forgo all civility in your discourse . . . you are, after all, anonymous.

8 Responses to “An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments”

  1. VennData says:

    How about all those Chamber of Commerce types huffing and puffing for the last month that the government won’t shut down. I guess if you say loudly and confidently enough, your argument is sound, right?

    And you all mocked lack Lew for saying the business community and markets weren’t take shut down seriously: laughing at him…

    Listen, you business clowns created the Tea Party. You business clowns demanded Bush’s tax cuts that left us with $1T structural deficits without ever being able to agree on a SINGLE tax preference your business groups would give up. you demand “business people” run Government. Well, Boehner’s in there.. equivocating, because he can’t lose control of his Speaker’s seat.

    You business people are so important, so smart, so no-the-money. Ahh.. no, You’re clowns.

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  3. VennData says:

    Another argument: Get a good education. Study Science. You’ll be rewarded by American capitalism!

    Except at Yahoo who will offer you a voucher for a $12.50 Yahoo t-shirt if you find their security vulnerabilities.

    No wait! How’s the stock? What’s Marrissa doing? She’s such a strong leader. She’s doing so many good things.

  4. dsawy says:

    Already found an error in their book, ie, the “Appeal to Irrelevant Authority” section.

    An argument should not rest on the authority of those making it, regardless of how relevant their authority might be. It should rest on the facts alone. The fallacy isn’t “an appeal to irrelevant authority,” it is “an appeal to authority.”

    If I could get 100 astrophysicists to claim that the earth was flat, it doesn’t matter that their expertise is applicable to the argument. The earth is still proven to be round, by both terrestrial and satellite observations.

    • VennData says:

      “If you could get 100 astrophysicists to claim that the earth was flat” is a false equivalency

      • NoKidding says:

        Venn, I’m sure you could find one who claims the authority to pronounce whether a star was made, or just happened. I have found plenty.

        dsawy, the trick is the definition of “Irrelevant”. Venn and the author are clainming the authority to determine whether an authority is sufficiently relevant… because they are highly educated at prestegious institutes of defining these things.

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