In Short

Not all deductive reasoning is reasonable. It may be flawed factually, meaning all or part of it is untrue. Or, it may be flawed logically, and contain a fallacy. It is important to be able to recognize logical fallacies so they do not persuade or mislead you. Some of the most common of these fallacies are slippery slope, false dilemma, circular reasoning, and equivocation.

Skill Building Until Next Time

■ Find a newspaper or magazine article that contains quotes from one or more politicians. Do any of them use logical fallacies in their arguments? If so, which ones?

■ Think of an extravagant purchase you would like to make. Devise two arguments for buying the item, using both false dilemma and circular reasoning fallacies.

Friendly Persuasion

Friendly Persuasion

To do this successfully you need to build a clear path of action by using tools if necessary. These tools would be facts, evidence and stories which you know they can relate to. Plus you always want to have their best interests at heart, in other words, you know what is good for them

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