Questionable Statistics Fallacy Examples


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Begging the Question A form of circular reasoning in which a conclusion is derived from premises that presuppose the conclusion Normally the point of good reasoning is to start out at one place and end up somewhere new namely having reached the goal of increasing the degree of reasonable belief in the conclusion

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The regression or regressive fallacy is an informal fallacyIt assumes that something has returned to normal because of corrective actions taken while it was abnormal This fails to account for natural fluctuations

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Cherry picking suppressing evidence or the fallacy of incomplete evidence is the act of pointing to individual cases or data that seem to confirm a particular position while ignoring a significant portion of related cases or data that may contradict that position It is a kind of fallacy of selective attention the most common example of which is the confirmation bias

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also known as isought fallacy arguing from is to ought isshould fallacy Description When the conclusion expresses what ought to be based only on what is or what ought not to be based on what is not This is very common and most people never see the problem with these kinds of assertions due to accepted social and moral norms

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It is a fallacy in formal logic where in a standard ifthen premise the antecedent what comes after the if is made not true then it is concluded that the consequent what comes after the then is not true

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TIP Sheet FALLACIES and PROPAGANDA It is important to be able to evaluate what you read and hear If you did not sort the credible from the incredible the serious from the playful the essential from the nonessential the world would be full of conflicting and bewildering messages

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Calling Bullshit Spring 2017 In Spring 2017 we taught the course for the first time as a series of ten hourlong lectures These lectures were recorded using multiple cameras and edited to form a video series

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The A Priori Argument also Rationalization Dogmatism Proof Texting A corrupt argument from logos starting with a given preset belief dogma doctrine scripture verse fact or conclusion and then searching for any reasonable or reasonablesounding argument to rationalize defend or justify it

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