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Make Hay, Not Straw Men! A Guide to Recognising and Avoiding False Arguments

I have previously written about biases and how they can skew our beliefs about what we consider right, correct and truthful. When it comes to how we defend those views, we might find ourselves using or being countered with a logical fallacy.

(Read about biases by following this link: https://bit.ly/2VUkKfO)

Logical fallacies function as unhelpful distractions from the issues at hand. The term ‘logical fallacy’ can be misleading. It doesn’t refer to an error being a logical one to make. Rather, it refers to an error in logic or reasoning.

Logical fallacies are good at ending arguments, but they often worsen conflict. They overlook common ground and shared values, and that makes it very difficult to people to work together to improve understanding or find solutions to problems.

For those reasons, logical fallacies are really bad news for horse welfare, which depends on humans getting along.

In this article, I describe some of the most common logical fallacies so that you can notice when they are being used – by you and by others. That way, you can discuss core issues with being distracted

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