How can these Fallacies harm anyone? Quite simply, Allowing the Introduction of any Form of Faith Based Morality, Anti- Science Methodology, Subjective Evaluation of any Form of Legal System etc., into the Public Forum as MORAL JUDGMENTS THAT MUST BE LEGISLATED INTO LAW, COULD POTENTIALLY LEAD TO THE FOLLOWING;
1) THEOCRATIC LEGISLATION- Example.
Lawmaker #1- "Woman should be able to expect equal pay for equal work. We need to pass Laws against Wage Discrimination."
Lawmaker #2- "No, the BIBLE says the Man is the Head of the Household. Woman shouldn't be doing work meant for Men, and should be discouraged from taking such Jobs. It is GODS will."
If you disagree with this, and point out that such Legislation is Unconstitutional, you could be Hit with the following- "You are Denying the Word of God, if you opened your Heart, you would see the Truth."
THIS IS THE "LACK OF FAITH" FALLACY.
2) BAD SCIENCE.- Example.
Consumer #1- "I don't know why anyone would use a Homeopathic Remedy. There
is NO EVIDENCE THAT THEY WORK, AND NO REASON TO EXPECT THAT THEY EVER WILL."
Consumer #2- "Your Just another Apologist for BIG PHARMA AND THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION. HOMEOPATHS ARE SPECIALLY TRAINED TO TREAT THE 'WHOLE PERSON', SO THEY ARE CAPABLE OF DOING MORE THAN A REGULAR M.D., WHO DOESN'T HAVE ACCESS TO THESE NON- TRADITIONAL TREATMENTS."
THIS IS THE "SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE" FALLACY.
From these First Two Examples, we are coming up against LOGICAL FALLACIES,
that by their Very Nature, Cannot be Evaluated on a Factual Basis;
- Since in the First Example a Higher Power is Invoked, we cannot DISPROVE 'THE WORD' OF AN ENTITY THAT EXISTS SOLELY IN THE FAITH BASED SYSTEMS OF OTHERS.
- In #2, we are confronted with the idea that one group has an ABILITY THAT ONLY EXISTS IF YOU ACCEPT THEIR METHODS OF HEALING WITHOUT ANY ANALYSIS CONDUCTED BY THE RULES THAT ARE PART OF THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD.
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