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If you don't draw yours, I won't draw mine. A police officer, working in the small town that he lives in, focusing on family and shooting and coffee, and occasionally putting some people in jail.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Term for the day:

Petitio Principii |pet ish ee oh - prin kip pee|

Commonly known as "begging the question."

Now, this term is commonly misused when the people mean to say "raises the question."

But it actually is a pretty damned specific logical fallacy. It's a circular argument, in which a conclusion is based upon assumptions of facts that regard what it's trying to prove.

Hmmm. Attempting examples:
1. The ATF is a valid law enforcement agency.
2. The proof of the ATF's validity is that it arrests people who violate gun regulations.
3. The ATF mandates regulations, and enforces them.
4. Enforcement of the regulations involves arresting violators of them.
5. A valid law enforcement agency makes arrests.

1. Hillary is a woman of the people.
2. Hillary says that people who love her hate George.
3. Over half the people are not supportors of George.
4. Most people love Hillary.

Dammit, there are better examples, I know it. But bedtime is sooooo soon...


At Friday, February 02, 2007 4:05:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah there are... like the 'ol favorite logical fallacy joke of:
Do you own a dog?... Yes.

So if you own a dog, you must have a yard?...Yes.

So if you have a yard, you must have a house?... Yes.

And if you have a house?... You are probably married, right?... Yes.

So, that means that you like women, right?... Uh, yeah I guess...

So the person questioned here wants to do the same thing with his friend and here is the transcript:

"Do you own a dog"... No.


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At Friday, February 02, 2007 7:42:00 PM, Blogger Matt G said...

Nope. Different logical fallacy. Though that's a favorite.


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