7 Logical Fallacies in Online Debates

Logical fallacies — common errors in reasoning such as straw-man arguments, ad hominem attacks, post hoc (false causation), false choices between extremes, whataboutism — are rampant in political debates on social media. Two more logical fallacies I’ve noticed:

    • Gish Gallop — “(also known as proof by verbosity) is the fallacious debate tactic of drowning your opponent in a flood of individually-weak arguments in order to prevent rebuttal of the whole argument collection without great effort. It’s unreasonable for anyone to have a well-composed answer immediately available to every argument present in the Gallop. The Gish Gallop is named after creationist Duane Gish, who often abused it.” More.
    • On the spot fallacy — If you’re not an expert on the topic, if you are unable to recite statistics, you do not have a right to an opinion.

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