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Critical Thinking And Informal Logic

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1. Irrellevant to the argument or draw attention from the issues being argued or conceal another purpose.

2. An attack on the person rather than the issue of the argument

3. A black cat crossed my path - because this happened I wrecked my car this afternoon

4. There is no reason to listen to the arguments of those who oppose school prayer - they are all athiests.

5. Why do I make wine the way I do? Because my father - and his father before him made it that way.

6. A diversionary tactic

7. Abortion is murder - since killing a baby is murder.

8. The arguer infers that because one event follows another event the first event must be the cause of the second.

9. I am stealing his T.V. - because he stole my watch.

10. Writer making the suggestion that the answer to the question at hand has already been proved.

11. Pit bulls are gentle - my neighbor has one and it is great with his kids.

12. Status Quo it has always been this way why change it.

13. If I drive a larger car I will be spending to much on gas - however if I drive a smaller car I am risking my life in an accident

14. An attempt to make a comparison between items or situations that have no discernable link

15. A mandatory seat belt law could never be enforced. You cant issue a citation to a dead man.

16. The movie star Kirk Douglas uses klennex brand so it must be the best.

17. The professors test was extremely unfair. Just ask anyone who took the test.

18. The arguer suggests that only two alternatives exist. Either-or

19. Whats the big deal if some settlers killed a few indians? After all - you can't make an omlette without breaking a few eggs.

20. Appealing to the prejudices of the people

21. An attempt to bolster a claim by citing an expert

22. A judgement made before the facts are in.

23. By allowing congress to regulate certain weapons that will cause them to revoke our right to bear arms.

24. Misdirection - an attack on a view similar to but not the same as the one you opponent holds.

25. 'it does not follow' this refers to improper results - such as he hit a home run so they lost the game.

26. This action opens the door for this action to follow

27. Our neighbor couldn't have poisened our cat - he is always telling me how pretty the cat is.

28. This murderer should not be found guilty - he was abused as a child and couldnt help himself.