Identifying Fallacies Worksheet

Identifying Fallacies Worksheet - f I cant support...

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Identify the fallacy in each of the following statements and, in each case, explain why the statement is fallacious. a. I don’t see any reason to wear a helmet when I ride a bike. Everyone bikes without a helmet. b. It’s ridiculous to worry about protecting America’s national parks against pollution and overuse when innocent people are being endangered by terrorists. c. There can be no doubt that the Great Depression was caused by Herbert Hoover. He became President in March 1929, and the stock market crashed just seven months later. d. If we allow the school board to spend money remodeling the gymnasium, next they will want to build a new school and give all the teachers a huge raise. Taxes will soar so high that businesses will leave and then there will be no jobs for anyone in this town. e. Raising a child is just like having a pet—you need to feed it, play with it, and everything will be fine.
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Unformatted text preview: f. I cant support Representative Freys proposal for campaign finance reform. After all, he was kicked out of law school for cheating on an exam. g. One nonsmoker, interviewed at a restaurant, said, I can eat dinner just fine even though people around me are smoking. Another, responding to a Los Angeles Times survey, said, I dont see what all the fuss is about. My wife has smoked for years and it has never bothered me. We can see, then, that secondhand smoke does not cause a problem for most nonsmokers. h. Our school must either increase tuition or cut back on library services for students. Answers: a. Bandwagon Fallacy b. Red Herring Fallacy c. Fallacy of False Cause (post hoc, ergo propter hoc) d. Slippery Slope Fallacy e. Fallacy of Invalid Analogy f. Ad Hominem Fallacy g. Fallacy of Hasty Generalization h. Either-Or Fallacy (Fallacy of False Cause)...
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