The 10 Commandments of Logic:

1.  Thou shall not attack the person’s character, but the argument.  (Ad hominiem).

2.  Thou shall not misrepresent or exaggerate a person’s argument in order to make them easier to attack.  (Straw man fallacy).

3.  Thou shall not use small numbers to represent the whole.  (Hasty generalisation).

4.  Thou shall not argue thy position by assuming that one of it’s premises is true.  (Begging the question).

5.  Thou shall not claim that because something occured before, it must be the cause.  (Post Hoc / False cause).

6.  Thou shall not reduce the argument down to two possibilities (False dichotomy).

7.  Thou shall not argue that because of our ignorace, a claim must be true or false.  (Ad ignorantum).

8.  Thou shall not lay the burden of proof on to him that is questioning the claim.  (Burden of proof reversal).

9.  Thou shall not assume that “this” follows “that” when it has no logical connection.  (Non sequitur).

10. Thou shall not claim that because a premise is popular, therefore it must be true.  (Bandwagon fallacy).

Posted on December 20, 2013, in Reflections. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Thou shall not claim that there are only 10 commandments of Logic.

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