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Friday, March 10, 2017

LOGIC. THE FALLACIES OF: SPECIAL PLEADING, APPEAL TO A GREATER POWER, LACK OF FAITH, SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE. PART 1.


                                                  

Speech, Stage, Lecture, Microphone, Fair

PART 1.

You can take your pick, but each of the above FALLACIES applies to the same Basic Category, WHICH CAN BE DEFINED AS:

ANY FORM OF ARGUMENT THAT LEADS TO A CONCLUSION THAT IS BASED ON PURELY SUBJECTIVE CRITERIA, WHICH BY ITS VERY NATURE CANNOT BE ANALYZED, REFUTED OR JUDGED BY THE RULES OF LOGIC AND CRITICAL THINKING.

Many Times you will see these used by some as a Last Resort to help rescue a Debate, Discussion or Argument they realize is being lost to the Opposition.  It is a Tactic completely designed to appeal to the Spiritual, Religious, or Metaphysical Belief System of those who may pass Judgment on the Merits of each side presented.  

However, it completely leaves the REALM OF CRITICAL THINKING, AND THE RULES OF DEDUCTIVE AND INDUCTIVE LOGIC.  It is a PERSONAL EVALUATION, THAT APPLIES SOLELY TO THE INDIVIDUAL ASSERTING IT AS TRUE.

This Individual can seek to Convince others of its value, but this is done on a Purely Emotional Level. INTELLECTUAL REFLECTION IS NOT REQUIRED, OR EVEN DESIRED.

Now you may Think, What Harm is there in someone Offering this Type of Opinion? Nothing, as long as it applies to the Individual Alone. 
LOOK FOR PART 2.