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Logical  Fallacy: a error in reasoning
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After Will said that we should put more money into health and education, Warren responded by saying that he was surprised that Will hates our country so much that he wants to leave it defenseless by cutting military spending.
Straw Man
Category: Fallacies of Relevance (Red Herrings)

The Straw Man fallacy is committed when a person simply ignores a person's actual position and substitutes a distorted, exaggerated or misrepresented version of that position. This sort of "reasoning" has the following pattern:

  1. Person A has position X.
  2. Person B presents position Y (which is a distorted version of X).
  3. Person B attacks position Y.
  4. Therefore X is false/incorrect/flawed.
This sort of "reasoning" is fallacious because attacking a distorted version of a position simply does not constitute an attack on the position itself. One might as well expect an attack on a poor drawing of a person to hurt the person.

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 990 Total Answer Attempts   56%
 556 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 434 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

 
556 - Straw Man
44 - Red Herring
39 - Personal Attack
31 - False Dilemma
29 - Confusing Cause and Effect
20 - Hasty Generalization
19 - Appeal to Fear
19 - Ad Hominem
19 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
19 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
16 - Fallacy of Division
15 - Slippery Slope
14 - Biased Generalization
14 - Appeal to Ridicule
13 - Poisoning the Well
10 - Appeal to Emotion
9 - Relativist Fallacy
9 - Ignoring a Common Cause
8 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
8 - Appeal to Belief
7 - Guilt by Association
7 - Misleading Vividness
6 - Post Hoc
6 - Genetic Fallacy
6 - Fallacy of Composition
5 - Special Pleading
5 - Burden of Proof
5 - Appeal to Authority
5 - Appeal to Spite
4 - Appeal to Tradition
4 - Appeal to Novelty
3 - Peer Pressure
3 - Appeal to Common Practice
3 - Appeal to Popularity
3 - Gambler's Fallacy
3 - Begging the Question
2 - Middle Ground
1 - Appeal to Flattery
1 - Appeal to Pity

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