These are the Top 10 Logical Fallacies: Intro, Exercises, and Top-10

A logical fallacy is an error in reasoning or an argument. 
The Concise Oxford English Dictionary defines logic as "the science of reasoning, proof, thinking, or inference." An argument, also known as syllogism, is generally based on three parts: two premises and a conclusion.
  • A premise may be a fact or an assumption. A conclusion may be a specific fact or general principle.
  • For example: Fact 1 + Fact 2 = Conclusion
However, if an argument uses wrong assumptions or "jumps to the wrong conclusion", it is a logical fallacy.
Brain Lifting Exercises 
  • Is "The Top 10 Logical Fallacies" a logical fallacy? Prove your answer.
  • Play the "I Spy One-a-Day" challenge: Watch the news, read internet, listen to people around you. Find one fallacy around you each day; compete with family & friends.
  • Write a Top 10 list on any subject where you find logical fallacies.

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Your challenge? Be a logical fallacy sleuth. 

-- Why are logical fallacies important?

  • You will improve your critical thinking, writing and speaking skills.
  • You will recognize when others use faulty logic against you - whether intentionally or unwittingly. You will learn not to be susceptible or suckered by the logical fallacies of others.
  • You can correct and steer dialogue towards more meaningful and honest discussion when all parties are using factual and valid princples.

-- Be aware and beware:

  • When you use it, when it is used against you, and don't abuse it.

-- Sharpen your skills.

-- By the way, is "Top 10 Logical Fallacies" a logical fallacy?

The Top 10 Logical FallaciesEdit

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The genetic fallacy is a logical fallacy based on the irrelevant appraisal of something based on its origin.

"the wedding ring originally symbolized ankle chains worn by women to prevent them from running away from their husbands so wedding rings are sexist"

External SourcesEdit

"Top 10" is a teaser. Reference these websites for another 40-plus fallacies:

  1. The Atheism Web, Logic & Fallacies
  2. Stephen Downes' "Guide to the Logical Fallacies"
  3. Dr. Michael C. Labossiere's "Fallacy Tutorial"
  4. Rhodes College, Writing Center, Argumentation and Style - Logical Fallacies
  5. Dr. Thomas E. Wallenmaier's Philosophy Class website, Logic Lesson
  6. Glen Whitman's website, "Logical Fallacies and the Art of Debate"

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