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"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence." -- Carl Sagan

"What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence." -- Christopher Hitchens

What is a logical fallacy? All arguments have the same basic structure: A therefore B. They begin with one or more premises (A), which is a fact or assumption upon which the argument is based. They then apply a logical principle (therefore) to arrive at a conclusion (B). An example of a logical principle is that of equivalence. For example, if you begin with the premises that A=B and B=C, you can apply the logical principle of equivalence to conclude that A=C. A logical fallacy is a false or incorrect logical principle. An argument that is based upon a logical fallacy is therefore not valid. It is important to note that if the logic of an argument is valid then the conclusion must also be valid, which means that if the premises are all true then the conclusion must also be true. Valid logic applied to one or more false premises, however, leads to an invalid argument. Also, if an argument is not valid the conclusion may, by chance, still be true. For a more thorough discussion of logical fallacies and how to structure a logical argument, see the New England Skeptical Society's article, How To Argue.

Top 20 Logical Fallacies (in alphabetical order) taken from -

The Skeptics' Guide To The Universe

The New England Skeptical Society The Skeptics' Guide To The Universe Science-Based Medicine
The James Randi Educational Foundation
Propaganda
snopes.com
Bad Science by Ben Goldacre
Simon Singh and his fight to mend British libel laws
Professor Richard Wiseman
PZ Myers' Pharyngula
Dr. Phil Plait and Bad Astronomy
Skeptic Blog
Michael Shermer's Baloney Detection Kit
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan
The Skeptics' Dictionary
List of cognitive biases
Don Watson - Weasel Words
QuackWatch
A List of Fallacious Arguments

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Comment by sk8eycat on May 29, 2015 at 12:06pm

@ Michael - You're right.  Not only was abortion available BCE, it was legal, the necessity of it was just considered unfortunate or tragic.   

Roman women used a variant of LSD ... it was compounded by the Vestal virgins.

And women still died iin childbirth, anyway..

Comment by Joseph P on May 29, 2015 at 10:54am

Speaking of which, that's 2 Corinthians 4:18, by the way.  It speaks of the seen and unseen!  Obviously that's referring to quantum mechanics, because quantum particles are too small to be seen!

Yes, they actually make arguments like that, in professionally-published apologetics books.

Comment by Joseph P on May 29, 2015 at 10:49am

... telling her what to do because of religion, and the issue isn't even hinted at in their Buybull.

No.  No.  It's mentioned in the Bible.  The only sound arguments that you can make from the Bible are pro-abortion, though ... not pro-choice, actual pro-abortion.  You probably know what I'm referring to: The Test for an Unfaithful Wife.

When I see anti-choicers whipping out bible verses, it's always the most tenuous, unrelated bullshit, such as Jeremiah 1:5.  What the hell does that have to do with abortion?  Okay, so your god ... who wasn't even omniscient or omnipotent, at the time that book was written ... supposedly designated that fetus as a prophet.  And?

I mean Christ, even the arguments about the Bible predicting quantum mechanics are better than that.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 29, 2015 at 6:28am

Felaine, I have The Moon is a Harsh Mistress somewhere. Probably read it ~50 years ago.  When I find it, I'll read it again, with a fresh atheist perspective.

Comment by Plinius on May 29, 2015 at 5:57am

I have a similar life: quiet at home most of the time. Ans like you, I mean most to people who are ill or elderly. Or cats!

Comment by Plinius on May 29, 2015 at 2:35am

I noticed it too! I still have the outcast feeling too, but I often manage to make useful tools from my insecurity and fear.

Comment by Gerald Payne on May 29, 2015 at 2:20am

After the death the Irish Government reviewed the stringency of the procedures. The ironic thing is the people held to account were the doctors who advised an abortion.

Comment by Plinius on May 29, 2015 at 2:18am

Yes - I'm glad not to feel alone in this, but it's really very bad. You and I know that things won't grow easy after a bad start, and it's a thing I want nobody to experience.

Comment by Plinius on May 29, 2015 at 2:02am

Yes, I know - there must be many of us.

Comment by Plinius on May 29, 2015 at 1:43am

They should realize what it is to be an unwanted child and to have to listen to your parents always telling you that you should never have been born. I managed to make something of my life after I left them, but apart from that I'd rather have been aborted.

 

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