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"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence." -- Carl Sagan

"What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence." -- Christopher Hitchens

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 Ian Mason on February 19, 2013 at 1:15am
Comment by Grinning Cat on February 19, 2013 at 12:12am

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No worries! Just take more snake oil!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 18, 2013 at 11:42pm

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 3, 2012 at 6:47pm

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 29, 2012 at 2:13pm

Comment by Joseph P on June 9, 2012 at 9:58pm

Maybe the batteries are built into the back, on the back of the spine?  Heh heh heh.

Comment by Sarah Walton on June 9, 2012 at 9:56pm

It's a tight shirt. It's clearly bunk.

Comment by Joseph P on June 9, 2012 at 9:48pm

Not sure about those.

One of the few things I've seen which should actually work are those electrode-based toning bands.  Those shock your muscles and make them contract tightly.  It's the same physical effect as lifting weights.  If you wear out the muscles, they'll rebuild stronger.

Not sure about those shirts.

Comment by Sarah Walton on June 9, 2012 at 9:38pm

So, toning shoes don't work. What about a toning shirthttp://amzn.to/LfEJsD

Comment by Sarah Walton on April 20, 2012 at 9:50pm

Sorry to be the bearer of more bad news, but this time it's American Airlines and their airing of dangerous antivax programming on their flights. I have already contacted the company and told them I will not be flying with them again unless the programming is removed from all of their flights. Read more about it and contact the company here: http://doubtfulnews.com/2012/04/shame-on-you-american-airlines-anti...

 

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