The Limitations of Knowing Logical Fallacies

Knowing logical fallacies has its limitations.  Also here.

What this information is good for:

Examining your own beliefs and why you hold them.

Composing a logical statement.

Winning formal debates.

Sifting somebody else’s argument or statement to understand it and judge if it [the argument] is reasonable or not.
Note: this doesn’t tell you whether their conclusion or premise is correct or not.  People can use logical fallacies in support of something true or false, they can be right yet still have gotten there by accident, it doesn’t tell you whether what they say is true or not. It only tells you how well they are arguing a particular point, and perhaps how logical they may or may not be.

 

What it is not good for:

 

Changing somebody else’s mind

Making people like you

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One Comment

  1. Lisa Beth W.
    Posted October 5, 2017 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    Oh, so true! I am of the logical persuasion, and sometimes communication with others has been greatly hampered by this.

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