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Logical  Fallacy: a error in reasoning
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Why would you want to legalize marijuana and give it to children? That's a terrible idea.
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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 861 Total Answer Attempts   52%
 444 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 417 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

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

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