Sunday, March 19, 2006

Finally, a media challenge

against the use of erroneous logic by the Bush Regime.
More about the Straw Man and logical fallacies is here.

The essence of the Straw Man follows:

  • Person A has position X.
  • Person B presents position Y (which is a distorted version of X).
  • Person B attacks position Y.
  • Therefore X is false/incorrect/flawed.
  • This sort of "reasoning" is fallacious because attacking a distorted version of a position simply does not constitute an attack on the position itself. One might as well expect an attack on a poor drawing of a person to hurt the person.

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