Refraction (Bent Thinking) #9

False Refutation of The General Rule:  Asserting that a General Rule is false by bringing in a single or a few contradictory examples.  Refutation:  A general rule is just that – generally true, not necessarily in every case.  Counter examples do not disprove the rule.  Be careful when making sweeping generalizations – you open yourself up to being found making false claims. Example:  Bob: Abby, people , in general, do not critically examine their own religious beliefs.  Abbey: Bob, that is not true. I do all the time.

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2 Responses to Refraction (Bent Thinking) #9

  1. Edward S. says:

    Mr. Shaul, I’m so happy to see that you have a blog. I loved your class, and it’s been nice to be able to get a refresher every morning when I check Facebook! Do you recommend a certain book on fallacies and general logic over another?

    • jshaul says:

      Welcome, Edward….and I loved your input in class…and you letting me pick on you! My favorite Fallacy book was Don’t You Believe It. I think it is out of print, although the author gave me permission to use and reprint.

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