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Mon Jan 28, 2013, 05:28 PM

False Equivalence: A How-To Guide

(How did I miss this one? Whoever posted this REALLY gets it!)

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A great time to use the false equivalence fallacy is when your rhetorical position is compromised and you haven't thought it through completely, or if you need to rally support from people whose views are only expressed through talking points or who can't come to a logical conclusion on their own.

One way you could employ the False Equivalence could be:

One guy tries to light his shoe on a plane and we all have to take our shoes off, but someone shoots thirty people and we do nothing to make it harder to buy guns?

See how easy? It feels righteous and seems to make a point, but is actually gibberish. First, removing and x-raying shoes is a perfectly harmless compromise, it doesn't prevent anyone from getting on a plane, it only marginally slows things down, and you don't even have to worry about massive doses of radiation with unknown effects. Second, it doesn't take into account how inconvenient it would be to have to take off your shoes to buy an assault rifle.

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(You read that last line correctly, follow the link for the rest... all will be revealed!)

http://quarknova.com/blog/false-equivalence-a-how-to-guide.html

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TrogL Jan 2013 #1
Mnemosyne Jan 2013 #2
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Mnemosyne Jan 2013 #4

Response to Flying Squirrel (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 05:45 PM

1. Gotta love a good logic thread

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Response to Flying Squirrel (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 06:27 PM

2. I'm glad there haven't been any underwear bombers. Apparently there are implosive brain bombers,

because it isn't hard to spot them.

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Response to Mnemosyne (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 08:40 PM

3. Hehehe you just gave me a visual

of someone having to remove their underwear before purchasing an assault weapon.

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Response to Flying Squirrel (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 10:06 PM

4. Maybe they should. Some humility would do them good.

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