This week we’re covering the topic of logical fallacies and the common mistakes we can make that get us into trouble.
Chapter 5 of the eText is all about various logical fallacies and what they involve.  Here is a short video summary of common logical fallacies, but keep in mind, there are many more common fallacies: LINK (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..
On the Internet, and especially on social media, there are a lot of people trying to get your attention, trying to persuade you to believe something, do something, or give them something.  Or you may want to think of a past love relationship and how you fell for it when you should have known better.
Select one of the following question topics on logical fallacies and tell your story, answering the questions that are given.  Make sure your post is at least 250 words.
[1] Think of something you bought on the Internet that you later wished you had never bought. What was it? What brought to you think you really needed it?  And what made you realize it was a mistake?  Would you call this a logical fallacy?  Why or why not?  And name two common logical fallacies you think advertisers use to get people to buy what they don’t really need.
[2] Think of something you saw on the Internet, maybe Facebook or some other social media sit, that you know wasn’t true. What was it?  How was it presented that made you think it was trying to get your attention and change your mind about or gain your support for something or someone?  What made you question of reject it?  What logical fallacy do you think the item or person was using to get your attention and support?  And name two common logical fallacies you think politicians or religious leaders use to get people to join them or vote for them.
[3] Think of a past love relationship you were involved in but later ended because it just wasn’t right.  What kind of logic or arguments did that person use on you to try to get you to go along with and stay with them?  What made you fall for them, as you think back?  How might a better understanding and use of logic have changed things for you?  Or do you think logic wouldn’t have changed anything, and why?  And name two common logical fallacies you think people use to get people to like them, fall for them, or stay with them when it’s really not a good idea.

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