13 Sizzling Hot Logical Fallacies

by Thomas B. James, Esq.

Logical fallacies are like dreams and wishes. Everyone has at least a few. Can’t think of any offhand? Here are a baker’s dozen to get you started.

1. Ignoratio elenchi

The Supreme Court’s failure to apply the doctrine of stare decisis erodes public confidence in the judiciary. Therefore, let’s have sex.

2. Post hoc ergo propter hoc

Every time I watch old sitcoms starring Elizabeth Montgomery as a witch who can make anything happen by wiggling her nose, I experience a desire to engage in human reproductive activity. Therefore, old sitcoms cause human reproduction.

3. Circularity

You should be the one to wear the cowboy hat and spurs this time. Therefore, you should be the one to wear the cowboy hat and spurs this time.

4. False dichotomy

Either you regularly fantasize about Elizabeth Montgomery in a nurse outfit or you have never eaten food. Which is it?

5. Missing premises

I think. Therefore, let’s have sex.

6. Argument from ignorance

I did not know that we were in a public auditorium when I role-played Snively Whiplash with you as the damsel in distress. Therefore, it did not happen.

7. Inverse modus podens

If you get naked, then I get horny. Therefore, if I get horny, you get naked.

8. Inverse modus tollens

If you are a dog, then you have reproductive organs. Therefore, if you are not a dog, then you have no reproductive organs.

9. Overgeneralization

I know someone who has an airline-pilot/sitcom-witch fantasy. Therefore, everybody has an airline-pilot/sitcom-witch fantasy.

10. Division

An airplane loaded with naked people can fly unaided. Therefore, naked people can fly unaided.

11. Composition

Reproductive organs are not capable of thought. Therefore, humans are not capable of thought.

12. Equivocation

Cats rarely wear a lot of clothing. If anything, they are scantily clad. Elizabeth is a real cool cat.

13. Argument from emotion

I am happy/sad/angry/afraid/discontented/content [Pick one]. Therefore, engaging in human copulatory activity is appropriate at this time.

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Thomas James is a Cokato Minnesota attorney also known as Tom James

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Thomas B James

Thomas James is a Cokato Minnesota attorney also known as Tom James