Friday, December 12, 2008

Fallacious D

Hasty conclusion like toy balloon: easy blow up, easy pop.
–Charlie Chan at the Race Track  

Your homework is to make sure you have the 3 scenarios on your blog.  

Here are 10 logical fallacies. Research them here or/and here and then create for your blog three short scenarios: two of which are examples that you make up of the fallacies below and one that is meant to be logically consistent. In class, we’ll examine these paragraphs and see if the class can guess which is which. Make sure that it’s not obvious that you’re using a fallacy. Make us work; make us better.

  • Begging the Question

  • Slippery Slope

  • False Dilemma

  • Post Hoc

  • Biased Sample

  • Gambler’s Fallacy

  • Hasty Generalization

  • Ad Hominem

  • Straw Man

  • Tu Quoque

Remember: DON'T label your scenarios as it will take the fun out of guessing what's what.

Also remember that the vocab test and the timed write have been moved to Monday!

Borrowed (stolen) from the wise and illustrious nstearns.


  1. HEY! I completely forgot to send my paper to you! I put it on my blog.. I know it is late now and I am fine with you taking points off if thats what you think must happen. Just let me know. I had a field trip yesterday, that is why I didn't turn it in paper form.


  2. I am so confused with what to do for this assignment and yeah i know its weird that i even remembered the blog but i have researched these fallacies everyone and i just don't understand them at all and i don't even know what they mean let alone come up with an example i have even looked at others blogs to try to getan idea but i just don't understand i will keep trying for awhile but i have already been at it an hour and i am getting pretty tirded so thats my problem i am trying to find it but i just dont know where to start and its maddening


  3. Anna,
    Since we're grading format this time too, please email your paper in an attached word file or bring it printed out how you'd like it to look on Monday.

  4. Nate,
    Did you read the description of what a fallacy is on the main page for the first site?
    Or did you read the "What is a Fallacy" tab at the Fallacy Files?

    Simply put, they are errors in logical reasoning put forth in an argument that are capable of fooling some of the people some of the time.

    BTW, what do you mean it is weird you even remembered the blog? Are you insinuating it is too much to expect someone who is likely to forget he has homework to wrap his head around logical reasoning? Interesting argument.