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Fallacies in Reasoning - 3 reasoning 'tricks'

©2012 Shers Gallagher
*Once again the pedant comes out as the fever of politicking spreads throughout the American psyche! Providing reasoning that requires inaccurate or incorrect assumptions.Distracting the listener by making information appear relevant to the claim when it isn’t.Providing support for an assumption that one is depending on to already be true – meaning that, though the claim can be a strong one, the support can be weak. Clues for locating & assessing fallacies in reasoning Reject an author/speaker’s reasoning if it...
attacks a person – or person’s background, instead  of  the person’s ideas                    (ad hominem).
bases its assumption that one action taken will set  off an uncontrollable chain of negatively perceived events (slippery slope). reflects a search for perfect solutions (either/or thinking). uses misleading language to avoid giving an answer (equivocates). inappropriately appeals to common opinion. supports a claim made …

The Internet Game

©Shers Gallagher 2012
I’m nursing an anger, a personal rage, perhaps unjustifiable yet still of an age where it’s easy to copy, to cut and to claim the talents of others through this internet game. And I'm frankly astounded by such unabashed pride that attaches a name-tag with the assertion: ‘All mine!’ It's the work of another and a rape crime of voice
committed by you in a one-act, called 'Choice'. 

And as grey matter rots while the cheek spreads too wide don't you feel a known prick of unmerited pride? You're just a fencer of thoughts,
one who gulps and gleans 
from the crafting of others, 
on their ideals and dreams.  Yet where are your own? Lost in your nebulous binds as you lurk in subscriptions and imaging finds? Such effortless meaning is your identity tree. You’ve no signature at all, 
there's nothing to see. Neither wit nor insight, not one creative scrawl. You’ve let yourself go in a colourless fall. 
Now I ask you again, is it so hard to conceive? To make yourself k…