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Logical  Fallacy: a error in reasoning
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A mandatory seat belt law could never be enforced. You can't issue citations to dead people.
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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 1,374 Total Answer Attempts   47%
 643 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 731 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

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

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