Author: Jim Cliff

Show Notes The Appeal to Sincerity fallacy is committed when someone tries to convince you of just how sincerely they believe in their claims, rather than offering evidence to back them up. Trump We started out by talking about this clip of Trump in September 2020, claiming he really believed the US was...

Show Notes The Anecdotal Fallacy is committed when someone allows an anecdote to lend far more weight to an argument than it warrants. Trump We started out by talking about this clip of Trump claiming an employee of his had a child who was made autistic by a vaccine: Then we talked about this...

Show Notes The Appeal to Anonymous Authority is committed when someone cites an authority to back up a claim, but the authority is unnamed, vague or similarly uncheckable. Trump We started out by talking about this clip of Trump claiming the best analysts predicted a stock market crash if Biden was elected Then we...

Show Notes The Imposter Fallacy is committed when someone claims without sufficient evidence that a member of their group who is making them look bad is actually an infiltrator from another group. Trump We started out by talking about this tweet from Trump:     and then we discussed the various attempts of right-wing voices to...

Show Notes The Failing Occam's Razor Fallacy is committed when someone ignores an obvious or simple explanation for something and chooses a far-fetched hypothesis instead.   Trump We started out by talking about this tweet from Trump: and then we discussed this clip where Lou Dobbs almost figured it out, but not quite:   Mark's British Politics...

Show Notes The Argumentum ad Lunam Fallacy is committed when someone compares putting a man on the moon (or another very hard thing that has been achieved) to a hard thing that has yet to be achieved.   Trump We started out by talking about Trump claiming that since the US has already done...

Show Notes The Promised Proof Fallacy is committed when someone can't back up their claims with anything other than some currently non-existent proof that they claim will appear later.   Trump We started out by talking about Trump claiming the reason he didn't visit the military cemetery in France was the weather (which he...

Show Notes The Argument from Consequences occurs when someone makes a truth claim based on how good (or bad) things would be if the claim was in fact true.   Trump We started out by talking about Trump being unable to accept the results of the election because if the numbers are true that...

Show Notes The Thought-Terminating Cliché occurs when someone uses a well known or common phrase as a way of ending the debate and accepting no further thoughts on the matter.   Trump We started out with this example from Trump: Then we moved on to this clip: And finally this compilation of right wing voices talking...

Show Notes The Ad Hoc Fallacy is committed when someone makes stuff up in order to avoid accepting evidence against their belief.   Trump We started out with these three Tweets from Trump, which are representative of the many many lies he has told on Twitter since losing the election, almost all of which...

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