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TWiley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-19-08 05:32 PM
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102. Ever wonder about that little fish symbol?
The faithful often use this reasoning along with the "straw man" and "personal attack" to defend their positions. That is why it is so annoying to try to discuss anything with them. Ever wonder what was up with that little fish symbol you see on the back of SUV's?


DESCRIPTION OF A RED HERRING:
Also Known as: Smoke Screen, Wild Goose Chase.

A Red Herring is a fallacy in which an irrelevant topic is presented in order to divert attention from the original issue. The basic idea is to "win" an argument by leading attention away from the argument and to another topic. This sort of "reasoning" has the following form:


Topic A is under discussion.
Topic B is introduced under the guise of being relevant to topic A (when topic B is actually not relevant to topic A).
Topic A is abandoned.
This sort of "reasoning" is fallacious because merely changing the topic of discussion hardly counts as an argument against a claim.

Annoying as well is the fact that they always broaden any discussion to represent an attack on "all" christans instead of the few that are bieng discussed.
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