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Don’t let fallacies torpedo your thinking

A fallacy is defined as a mistaken belief or a failure in reasoning.Though most people make an effort to avoid mistakes, no one is infallible, not even great writers.
You can download a chart of common fallacies here.  The online chart is hyperlinked to each of the fallacies.
Here’s another source of common fallacies with examples, including their Latin names.  Example: post hoc ergo propter hoc (‘false cause’) fallacy: "after this, therefore because of this.”
I break fallacies into two major groups:
A.  First, we have traditional fallacies you might remember from philosophy 101.  In these, the reasoning is obviously absurd, though we might be at a loss to explain the specific violation involved: Your dog has puppies.Your dog is a mother.It is your dog, therefore it is your mother.
Every distance, no matter how short, consists of an infinite number of pointsFor a body to move any distance requires covering an infinite number of points.Nothing can move an infinite distance.Therefore, al…