Tag: Fallacies

Common Fallacies and Misuses – SciPhi 009 [Video]

What is a fallacy? A fallacy is an error in reasoning, it doesn’t necessarily make the conclusion false, but the reasoning to get there is fallacious and needs to be refined. We are going to provide a number of examples of statements and lines of thought that are fallacious, and times where people might shout fallacy when they are not. Some of these statements are might seem a little glib, this is due to me giving a concise version of…


Reason in the Face of Public Opinion

As a site that promotes reason, we often find we are against popular public opinions. Even though we are atheists by one definition or another, it is often our fellow atheists we are trying to reason with. There are a lot of common opinions many people hold, and they seem to be ingrained within the online community. One of the biggest issues with memes is they are often taken as fact, especially when shared by someone you respect. Whilst atheism,…


Is That Really a Fallacy?

On a recent podcast, I made a comment that most things that could be considered a fallacy could also not be fallacious. There are some that argue these things are always fallacious. This post hopes to explore a number of common fallacies and see if they are always fallacies, and also when folks might erroneously shout fallacy. Remember, a fallacy is essentially just an error in reasoning, it does not make the conclusion wrong, but the process to get to…


Definitional Problems with Lacking Belief

It is commonplace to hear these terms Agnostic/Gnostic as a modifier to atheism these days rather than Agnostic being that withholding judgment position. Please note, atheism and agnosticism are polysemous, and language is defined through common use. What I hope to do is draw your attention to the difference between the colloquial definitions and the normative ones. Colloquial Definitions If we move past the normative definitions and use these colloquial terms that are often used by fellow atheists, who probably fit the…


Bad Atheist Arguments – Vol: 03 – Philosophy and Fallacies

The 3rd in the Bad Atheist Arguments series is now here. Having covered the ‘Bible and Evidence‘ in volume 1, and ‘Beliefs and Propositional Logic‘ in volume 2, I felt it time to address philosophy, fallacies, and general errors in our reasoning. Whilst there are a number of common theistic fallacies, we atheists forget sometimes that we too are human and have errors in our logic. In fact, many disagree with the last article due to a lack of understanding…


Common Theistic Fallacies

‘Common Theistic Fallacies’ was not only one of Kriss Pyke’s first articles on Answers In Reason but one of the very founding articles. Podcasting I’ve been eager to get back in to podcasting and radio and felt ‘Common Theistic Fallacies’ a great article to start on. Answers in Reason will be offering a number of podcasts from article readings to interactive shows. These will be available; both on the site and all popular podcasting syndicates. https://answers-in-reason.com/feed/podcast What is a Fallacy? Fallacy: a…


Common Theistic Fallacies

In this article we will address some of the common Fallacies that are used by Theists in arguments. An important point to be made about fallacies is that it does NOT automatically mean that someone is wrong. It means that the formulation of their argument is wrong, and that we can dismiss that argument until they can present it in a way that has been argued properly.   Argument From Incredulity: Definition – This fallacy happens when one claims that…