Saturday, 8 November 2014

The Ten Commandments of Logic

I have been remiss in writing up the Lombok sojourn; however, here is something completely different. I hope you enjoy it. It is also on my Facebook page for those of you who don't do Facebook.

The Ten Commandments of Logic

1.     Thou shalt not attack the person’s character, but the argument. (Ad hominem)

2.     Thou shalt not misrepresent or exaggerate a person’s argument in order to make them easier to attack. (Straw man fallacy)

3.     Thou shalt not use small numbers to represent the whole. (Hasty generalisation)

4.     Thou shalt not argue thy position by assuming one of its premises are true. (Begging the question)

5.     Thou shalt not claim that because something happened before, it must be the cause. (Post Hoc/False cause)

6.     Thou shalt not reduce the argument down to two possibilities. (False dichotomy)

7.     Thou shalt not argue that because of our ignorance, claim must be true or false. (Ad ignoratum)

8.     Thou shalt not lay the burden of proof onto him that is questioning the claim. (Burden of proof reversal)

9.     Thou shalt not assume “this” follows “that” when it has no logical connection. (Non sequitur)

10. Thou shalt not claim that because a premise is popular, therefore it must be true. (Bandwagon fallacy)

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