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AF Hall of Fallacies
RE: AF Hall of Fallacies
(4th January 2017, 02:03)robvalue Wrote: There is a name for this kind of technique, where you bombard someone with so much crap that they can't respond to it all and end up overwhelmed: "Gish gallop". The person's confusion and inability to address it all is taken as victory.

It's often employed by scummy money making apologists like Ray Comfort.

I heard about that, except it wouldn't revolve around questions, just basically unwarranted assumptions. Basically like someone who was invited to a party inviting a bunch of their friends who weren't invited and aren't welcome but they barge in anyway. I guess it's too similar to other fallacies to have its own name, but I feel like it should be under a specific label even if I can't put my finger on it.
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It's sort of a slippery slope fallacy I guess, as well. If this is true, then this other thing which is a bit like it is also true, and then this other thing is also true and...
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RE: AF Hall of Fallacies
(4th January 2017, 02:08)robvalue Wrote: It's sort of a slippery slope fallacy I guess, as well. If this is true, then this other thing which is a bit like it is also true, and then this other thing is also true and...

Huh. I thought slippery slopes were used in a different context, but I can see how that would make sense. The minute you let one little point into a category that is favorable to them, it opens the floodgate to all the other bullshit they want to ascribe to it arbitrarily. Actually that sounds more like "Give them and inch and they take a mile". But that's not exactly a fallacy, more like a cliche. Or is there a fallacy that covers that idea?
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Exactly, yeah. I can't think of a specific name for that. It's one of a number of dishonest techniques.

Like Thump said, it's a string of non sequiturs.
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RE: AF Hall of Fallacies
(4th January 2017, 02:18)robvalue Wrote: Exactly, yeah. I can't think of a specific name for that. It's one of a number of dishonest techniques.

Like Thump said, it's a string of non sequiturs.

You know, I've really got to start talking with some more of my friends who are interested in reforming the English language to accommodate the evolution of words. We can invent new ones for things like that, and what with new gender identity terms and such, there's room for new words in other contexts too. Personally I'm more interested in reforming the standard English alphabet, and giving each sound its own character, and getting rid of some of the unnecessary things like C, which can easily be replaced by 'S' and 'K'. But that's kind of off-topic. Still, it would be nice if this particular set of fallacious add-ons had a formal name, possibly even if there are certain specific variations of it. Like if you're just trying to sneak one extra caveat in, or if you shoehorn several. And if they're at least closely related or completely disconnected non-sequiturs.
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Howard: What are we going to do?
Sheldon: All right, this goes against everything I stand for but desperate times call for desperate measures. Lord, this is Sheldon Cooper. You’re good friends with my mom. I know I’ve spent my life denying that you exist…
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RE: AF Hall of Fallacies
(4th January 2017, 02:08)robvalue Wrote: It's sort of a slippery slope fallacy I guess, as well. If this is true, then this other thing which is a bit like it is also true, and then this other thing is also true and...

The way I learnt of the Gish Gallop, many years ago, is that it is a bombardment of questions, one after the other, giving one no time to answer one question in particular because each have complex answer. In that sense, it's a rhetorical device used to shut down conversation by shoveling on so many assumptions that unraveling them takes so much time that the audience does of boredom, losing sight of the original point: "Aha, but you didn't answer this, therefore I'm right!" is the explicit or assumed conclusion.

(4th January 2017, 02:35)Astonished Wrote:
(4th January 2017, 02:18)robvalue Wrote: Exactly, yeah. I can't think of a specific name for that. It's one of a number of dishonest techniques.

Like Thump said, it's a string of non sequiturs.

You know, I've really got to start talking with some more of my friends who are interested in reforming the English language to accommodate the evolution of words. We can invent new ones for things like that, and what with new gender identity terms and such, there's room for new words in other contexts too. Personally I'm more interested in reforming the standard English alphabet, and giving each sound its own character, and getting rid of some of the unnecessary things like C, which can easily be replaced by 'S' and 'K'. But that's kind of off-topic. Still, it would be nice if this particular set of fallacious add-ons had a formal name, possibly even if there are certain specific variations of it. Like if you're just trying to sneak one extra caveat in, or if you shoehorn several. And if they're at least closely related or completely disconnected non-sequiturs.

The beauty of the English language is that it is so malleable. "Gish Gallop" is an example, recruiting the metaphor of a horse at full speed to describe a barrage of questions launched so quickly that invariably one or more gets missed, launching the "Aha!" phase.
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RE: AF Hall of Fallacies
It's often equivocating two vague definitions of the word "God".

So I'd say it's the equivocation fallacy. It's also a non-sequitur because technically every single fallacy involves non-sequiturs.

I think.
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True that, at least the Tooth Fairy gives you something in return for your belief and sacrifical offerings. When was the last time god ever did anything for anyone?
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Are formal fallacies -are- non sequiturs.  That which does not follow.
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