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What is a logical fallacy? All arguments have the same basic structure: A therefore B. They begin with one or more premises (A), which is a fact or assumption upon which the argument is based. They then apply a logical principle (therefore) to arrive at a conclusion (B). An example of a logical principle is that of equivalence. For example, if you begin with the premises that A=B and B=C, you can apply the logical principle of equivalence to conclude that A=C. A logical fallacy is a false or incorrect logical principle. An argument that is based upon a logical fallacy is therefore not valid. It is important to note that if the logic of an argument is valid then the conclusion must also be valid, which means that if the premises are all true then the conclusion must also be true. Valid logic applied to one or more false premises, however, leads to an invalid argument. Also, if an argument is not valid the conclusion may, by chance, still be true. For a more thorough discussion of logical fallacies and how to structure a logical argument, see the New England Skeptical Society's article, How To Argue.

Top 20 Logical Fallacies (in alphabetical order) taken from -

The Skeptics' Guide To The Universe

The New England Skeptical Society The Skeptics' Guide To The Universe Science-Based Medicine
The James Randi Educational Foundation
Propaganda
snopes.com
Bad Science by Ben Goldacre
Simon Singh and his fight to mend British libel laws
Professor Richard Wiseman
PZ Myers' Pharyngula
Dr. Phil Plait and Bad Astronomy
Skeptic Blog
Michael Shermer's Baloney Detection Kit
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan
The Skeptics' Dictionary
List of cognitive biases
Don Watson - Weasel Words
QuackWatch
A List of Fallacious Arguments

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Comment by sacha on November 29, 2009 at 7:17pm
Comment by Фелч Гроган on November 29, 2009 at 7:00pm

Comment by Rudy V Kiist on November 29, 2009 at 1:26pm
Hmmmm...PRG might be onto something...therefore if everyone does it at the same time...I wonder...
Comment by Prog Rock Girl on November 29, 2009 at 1:16pm
Well, it might cause * personal * earthquakes;)
Comment by sacha on November 29, 2009 at 10:53am
Comment by Prog Rock Girl on November 29, 2009 at 10:19am
That picture would be hot if those 2 homofascists weren't so scrawny. (I also heard that Hitler was bisexual. And partly Jewish.) The article seems pretty biased though...I think you should post it here so we can pick it apart.
Comment by Фелч Гроган on November 29, 2009 at 8:35am
The Truth about Homofascism fnord. Probably more than you want to know.


Comment by Prog Rock Girl on November 29, 2009 at 12:18am
Allright it appears that is a joke or response to nazi parades...good. If there really were gay nazis they'd be pretty unpopular among both gays and nazis, and they'd also be thoroughly stupid, being that nazis also killed homosexuals.
Comment by Фелч Гроган on November 28, 2009 at 6:52pm
Gay Nazi. But seriously, there actually is a gay subculture within a culture amongst the nazi skinheads. I have (had? haven't heard from him in ages) a gay friend in NY who has a fixation with this type of master race fantasy erotica play. He actually got involved with a bunch of hardcore StormFront skinheads that were homos. Dude, talk about edge play...
Comment by Rudy V Kiist on November 28, 2009 at 4:52pm
Sorry about that...you're probably right. Although it is nonsense, I'm assuming that's not what sacha was getting when she started this. So what's this group about? Oh, never mind. I'm sure I'll figure it out on my own (^_-).
 

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