I have many issues with stupid people and their annoying arguments, hence why I created this blog in the first place. This particular post is dedicated to three fallacies that I find particularly annoying and egregious, mostly because of the utter lack of reasoning required to commit each of them. Sadly, I see these committed again and again, so hopefully by becoming aware of what they are, you can learn to call ’em when you see ’em.
Here are three new, super annoying fallacies to add to your inventory:
1. The Fallacy of False Dichotomy.
Definition: When a question or issue is presented as having only two polarized options or stances with no middle ground, when in fact there may be many other choices available.
Other names: False Dilemma, Either-Or, Excluded Middle, Bifurcation
Example: Either you are an ally of Black Lives Matter or you are part of the problem of systemic racism that is ruining America.
2. Argument from Repetition.
Definition: The belief that if a weak argument is repeated often enough, it becomes a good argument.
Other names: Repetition, Ad Nauseam
Example: Quarantine is the only way we will flatten the curve, and flattening the curve needs to be a top priority right now with the recent spikes in COVID-19 cases, another quarantine is needed in order to flatten the curve.
Food for thought: “If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it, and you will even come to believe it yourself.” -Joseph Goebbels
3. The Genetic Fallacy.
Definition: False asserting that the origin or history of an argument/premise are sufficient grounds to either accept or reject it.
Other names: Fallacy of Origins, Fallacy of Virtue
Example: We can’t possibly stand for any of America’s values, considering all of the horrible mistakes of the country’s past and of course the moral hypocrisy of the Founders.
On the AOD podcast, we’ve started keeping lists of faulty arguments and their definitions on our phones or on paper for easy reference, and I would highly recommend you join us. Make sure you add these three uber annoying fallacies to your Fallacy Inventory! You can listen to this week’s podcast here, or on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.