The Commandments of Logic

  • Thou shall not attack the person’s character, but the argument itself. (Ad hominem)
  • Thou shall not misrepresent or exaggerate a person’s argument in order to make them easier to attack. (Straw Man Fallacy)
  • Thou shall not use small numbers to represent the whole. (Hasty Generalization)
  • Thou shall not argue thy position by assuming one of its premises is true. (Begging the Question)
  • Thou shall not claim that because something occurred before, but must be the cause; Correlation does not imply causation. (Hoc/False Cause)
  • Thou shall not reduce the argument down to only two possibilities when there is a clear middle ground. (False Dichotomy)
  • Thou shall not argue that because of our ignorance, the claim must be true or false. (Ad Ignorantiam)
  • Thou shall not lay the burden of proof onto him that is questioning the claim. (Burden of Proof Reversal).
  • Thou shall not assume that “this” follows “that”, when “it” has no logical connection. (Non Sequitur)
  • Thou shall not claim that because a premise is popular, therefore, it must be true. (Bandwagon Fallacy)
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