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The problem with using logical fallacies in online argument

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) writes | about 2 months ago

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Any data used in a flame war can be broken down, eventually, to an appeal to authority. Including, of course, the fallacy of appeal to authority itself, which is just an appeal to the authority of logical fallacies.

Any data used in a flame war can be broken down, eventually, to an appeal to authority. Including, of course, the fallacy of appeal to authority itself, which is just an appeal to the authority of logical fallacies.

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Oh, sure (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about 2 months ago | (#47024197)

Next you're going to tell me that the mass of an electron isn't really a constant, but rather the average of some smaller stuff.
You such buzz kill!

I disagree in part (1)

Bill Dog (726542) | about 2 months ago | (#47028709)

There's knowledge, most of which is facts, but some of which is that which we can reason about.

If I say gravity is a downward force, I agree that is ultimately an appeal to authority.

But if I say, assuming gravity is a downward force, then without other stipulations if you jump off a building you'll fall downward, that is not a logical fallacy.

Someone's incorrect reasoning can certainly be moot if their facts are wrong, but the two are not exclusively coinciding. We can pick apart someone's reasoning, independent of whether we can know if the facts it's based upon are true or not, no?

Re:I disagree in part (1)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | about 2 months ago | (#47031437)

You got that entirely right- especially the last line.

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