Rhetological Fallacies: A beautiful graphic primer on how to argue on the Internet

Note from the author: The word ‘rhetological’ is made up. Just so I can munge two types of entity: rhetorical techniques and logical fallacies.

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Nice graphical guide to various poor arguing techniques. It would be nice to have individual links to each one listed as its own image so you could link it in argument discussions.

It'd be interesting if you could have a browser plugin that scans text like a grammar check for those.

I like the graphic.

I also like when fallacies get named after people, like the Oberani Fallacy. Now I just need to philosophize until I get a Squee Nine Fallacy.

Squee9 wrote:

I like the graphic.

I also like when fallacies get named after people, like the Oberani Fallacy. Now I just need to philosophize until I get a Squee Nine Fallacy.

Like the Chewbacca Defense?

Mixolyde wrote:

Just so I can munge two types of entity: rhetorical techniques and logical fallacies.

I'm glad you called that out. It's not wrong to appeal to emotion, unless you're a vulcan.

wordsmythe wrote:
Mixolyde wrote:

Just so I can munge two types of entity: rhetorical techniques and logical fallacies.

I'm glad you called that out. It's not wrong to appeal to emotion, unless you're a vulcan.

Exactly. It's not wrong to appeal to authority, if that authority is mine.

Scratched wrote:

It'd be interesting if you could have a browser plugin that scans text like a grammar check for those.

Appeal to Wishful Thinking.

Mixolyde wrote:
wordsmythe wrote:
Mixolyde wrote:

Just so I can munge two types of entity: rhetorical techniques and logical fallacies.

I'm glad you called that out. It's not wrong to appeal to emotion, unless you're a vulcan.

Exactly. It's not wrong to appeal to authority, if that authority is mine.

I'm just saying that appealing to someone's sympathies isn't wrong. Those sympathies, might sometimes be misguided, but that doesn't mean the rhetorical move is wrong.

You know what I call appealing to someone's emotions? "Winning the argument."

ClockworkHouse wrote:

You know what I call appealing to someone's emotions? "Winning the argument." ;)

You're very strongly appealing to my self-image as an enlightened and highly intelligent person.

Quit appealing to wordsmythe's rampant narcissism!

Another appeal to authority, Quintin? I can't believe it!

I was only appealing to sanity!

Appeal to Wishful Thinking again, I see.

Ren Hoek wrote:

It is not I who am crazy,
it is I who am mad!

wordsmythe wrote:
Ren Hoek wrote:

It is not I who am crazy,
it is I who am mad!

So, these arguments are taking place in space?

Design fallacy is my favorite for the example.

Quintin_Stone wrote:

Quit appealing to wordsmythe's rampant narcissism!

Sexy Appealing

Jolly Bill wrote:

Design fallacy is my favorite for the example.

John Keats wrote:

'Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.'

Clearly they should have used that. wordsmythe knows what he's talking about.