A Summary of False Equivalence via The Art of Deceit

Episode #10: It’s All About Balance – A Quick Summary of False Equivalence

It’s all about balance…or is it? In this episode of the AOD podcast, we’re talking a bit about the fallacy of False Equivalence, a.k.a. “Bothsiderism.”

This particular piece of illogical thinking compares two things whose differences far outweigh any similarities. But because of this fallacy’s sneaky nature, the comparison somehow makes the speaker seem like a reasonable, unbiased person. 

Luckily for you, you don’t have to go along with the virus of bothsiderism. We talk about how you can respond, and how you can learn to make better comparisons to avoid committing a False Equivalence.

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Highlights from today’s episode on False Equivalence:

  • Quick definition of False Equivalence, it’s different names, how it’s used
  • Why many people tend to use False Equivalences
  • Real-life examples of this fallacy in the news, in politics, and in discussions of morals
  • Three ways to respond to and deal with bothsiderism
  • Three ways you can learn to make good comparisons and thus avoid committing the fallacy of False Equivalence

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