Dear Wayne and all Better Bibles friends,I'd like to encourage visitors to BBB to follow this Lingamish series. Lingamish didn't know it but I've felt for several months that I would like to write something on logical fallacies. But I never got around to it. And I've been terribly busy (I arrived safely back on the Indian reservation last night for a week of work).
I'm starting a series of posts on logical fallacies on the Lingamish blog. The purpose of this series is to identify some common arguments used by bloggers (and others) when trying to prove their points. At this point I'm planning on looking at several recent posts, including the "singular they" controversy on Better Bibles and examining different arguments used by those involved. I'd appreciate a plug on Better Bibles for this series. In the early stages I'm hoping to get feedback from as many people as possible.
My original post on logical fallacies
Find the Fallacy 1: Argumentum ad numerum
Here are a couple fallacies I've seen often and hope that Lingamish can address them. I don't know the technical terms for them, so I'll just describe them.
1. Exclusion fallacy: If one point (or person, etc.) is praised/affirmed a logical fallacy is that any other point (or person) is unworthy or has not done something well.
2. Over-generalization: If I point out what seems to be a flaw in something--let's say, an English Bible version, as an example (!!), a logical fallacy drawn is that the entire thing is flawed.
3. Opinion fallacy: I have a different opinion from yours so I call yours inaccurate. That is at minimum a misuse of the English term "inaccurate" and perhaps is a logical fallacy. Many commit this fallacy and do not realize that there is a significant difference between stating a difference of opinion and proving that the other opinion is wrong.
Best wishes with your series, Lingamish.