A popular Logical Fallacy???

Posted: March 10, 2014 in Uncategorized
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The word of the day was fallacy.

Word of the Day for Friday, March 7, 2014
fallacy \FAL-uh-see\, noun:
1. a deceptive, misleading, or false notion, belief, etc.: That the world is flat was at one time a popular fallacy.
2. a misleading or unsound argument.
3. deceptive, misleading, or false nature; erroneousness.
4. Logic. any of various types of erroneous reasoning that render arguments logically unsound.
5. Obsolete. deception.
“Mind you, I see the fallacy,” he said. He liked the word. It was an honest admission of error.
— George Friel, The Boy Who Wanted Peace, 1964
Because it has been his practice to listen to all that could be said against him; to profit by as much of it as was just, and expound to himself, and upon occasion to others, the fallacy of what was fallacious.
— John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1859
Fallacy came to English in the 1300s from the Latin fallācia meaning “a trick.”


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1.the science that investigates the principles governing correct or reliable inference.
2.a particular method of reasoning or argumentation: We were unable to follow his logic.
3.the system or principles of reasoning applicable to any branch of knowledge or study.
4.reason or sound judgment, as in utterances or actions: There wasn’t much logic in her move.
5.convincing forcefulness; inexorable truth or persuasiveness: the irresistible logic of the facts.
A Logical Fallacy is  a mistake in reasoning. and there are quite a few popular logical fallacies found in the worlds of philosophy and religion.  I try hard (obviously not hard enough) to, keep away from politics and religion in this blog.  I like to type my thoughts here and honestly I usually don’t think a lot about politics or religion. They are constructs that, when good can do amazing things. Good politics, keep the water in a town clean, the bridges sound and the streets free of potholes. Bad politics can result in poisoned water,  unsafe bridges and streets that are unfit for our vehicles to drive on. Religion is the same way, good religion will feed the hungry, clothe the naked and inspire the hopeless. Bad religion, will blame the the hungry and naked for their situations and strip away all hope from anyone who does not fit exactly into the mold that the religion demands.
I only mention bad religion and bad politics because of the bad law that passed the Arizona state senate. The bill, SB 1062, which was passed by the state senate only to be vetoed by the governor (good job Ms. Brewer1), would allow businesses to refuse service to paying patrons based on religious reasons.
Some political and religious camps were taken back with the laws blatant discrimination and bigotry while others applauded it for the resolution it showed in a “cultural war” on the religious. This law is an example of: bad politics. This law prevents safe commerce from taking place. Part of good politics promotes safe commerce. This law is (or was) an example of bad religion. Instead of demonstrating love for man (a paying customer by the way) it shows disrespect and hate.
The law does one more thing as well. Something to me more disturbing and perhaps what perpetuates bad religion and bad politics. The law is an example of some, really popular, logical fallacies.
Politics, religion, ethics are as we have learned from Aristotle, Plato and others, ways of reasoning and to deny and harm others under the guise of greater good, or moral high ground well it is wrong and bad reasoning.  Not only is it bad it is popular. I am in shock at how popular this law and this fallacy is.
I am not sure what religion or political affiliation you adhere to and that is a personal thing, but I am sure of this. If a religion or political party informs it’s members to participate in any form of hate it is a logical fallacy.  I am however convinced the religon and political party is not as much responsible for this as some men and women who think and live on the fringe of societies morals. I am also convinced that through proper reasoning laws like this can and will be voided and vetoed. 
This is why it is always wise to think things through. See dad was right again…

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