Unit 6 Seminar. Ambiguity and Faulty Reasoning. Ambiguity and Faulty Reasoning.
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Ambiguity and Faulty Reasoning
“Attempts to outlaw pornography threaten basic civil rights and should be abandoned. If it is outlawed then censorship or newspapers is only a short step away.”
“The amount of television that children view daily has increased over the last 25 years. During this time standardized test scores for children have dropped. Obviously, television is making our kids intellectually lazy.”
“When a car breaks down so often that repairs become pointless, the car is thrown in the junk. Similarly, when a person becomes old and diseased, he or she should be mercifully put to death.”
“Mike’s car is light blue, has leather upholstery, and gets great gas mileage. Bill’s car also is light blue and has leather upholstery. Therefore, it must get great gas mileage.”
“Your honor it is true that I abused my children, but I was abused myself. It is understandable that I abused them.”
“Of course you should vote for Strickland! Everyone here in the department is voting for Strickland.”
“Islamic fundamentalists stormed cites in India, killing and holding people hostage. The message is clear: All Muslims are religious fanatics prone to violence.”
“The Book of Mormon is true because it was written by Joseph Smith. Smith wrote the truth because he was divinely inspired. We know he was divinely inspired because the Book of Mormon says so.”
“California condors are rapidly disappearing. This bird is a California condor. Therefore, this bird should disappear any minute now.”
“Evangelical make up a significant voting bloc. However, this shouldn’t be tolerated. Religious extremists have no place voting in a deliberative democracy.”
“If we extend the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement, the governments of Central and South America will demand that we buy their goods and hire their nationals in our factories. Soon, American industry will be unable to compete. Then our national sovereignty will erode as we become progressively poorer and other countries in our hemisphere become progressively richer.”
“Domestic terrorism is on the rise. Apparently those right-wing radio talk shows are starting to bear fruit.”