Refraction (Bent Thinking) of the Day #29

Reductive Fallacy:  Asserting that a complex thing is nothing more than one of its parts. Refutation: By definition, a complex entity is composed of many interconnected parts. It is illogical to claim that only one of the parts of the complex thing is, in fact, the entire thing. Example:  Adam: Betty, I am against more taxes. Taxes are just a way for politicians to line their own pockets and the pockets of their special interests. Side Note: This fallacy is often exposed by the use of the following terms: just, only, nothing more than. When you see these terms, beware. While is it true that bills for new taxes often include pork, that does not mean that there are no legitimate tax purposes included in the bill.

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