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They’re Logically Fallacious! Strawman Fallacy

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This week, as promised, we’re talking about the Strawman Fallacy. Let’s get right into it!

 

Strawman Fallacy

(strawmanning)

Another informal fallacy, again meaning making such a mistake doesn’t invalidate your conclusion, but it does make Spock cry. And should make you reexamine your premises, and argument; because do you really want to make Spock cry?

Example: 1) Claim is made. 2) Restatement of claim in distorted way. 3) Attack on distorted claim, falsely determining claim is false.

Real World Example:

Person 1: Biological evolution is both a theory and a fact.

Person 2: That is ridiculous! How can you possibly be absolutely certain that we evolved from pond scum!

Indicator: Whenever a claim is restated, be sure to compare the two. If a claim is not explicitly restated, check the original source for the exact claim made, then compare.

 


 

Next week it’s Ad Hominem! In the meantime, brush up on previous posts here.

Riley Sproul has a Bachelors in Biology, with a concentration in PreMed, and a Chemistry Minor, from the University of Toledo. His goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in Neurobiology with in the next 4-5 years. His interests include sci-fi, PC-gaming, playing guitar, and a variety of other hobbies.
They’re Logically Fallacious! Strawman Fallacy was last modified: March 31st, 2015 by Riley Sproul