Friday, July 27, 2012

Logical Fallacy of the Week, Week 36: Fallacy of False Attribution

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False attribution – an advocate appeals to an irrelevant, unqualified, unidentified, biased or fabricated source in support of an argument.  This occurs when an advocate appeals to an irrelevant, unqualified, unidentified, biased or fabricated source in support of an argument. A contextomy is a type of false attribution. A more deceptive and difficult to detect version of a false attribution is where a fraudulent advocate goes so far as to fabricate a source, such as creating a fake website, in order to support a claim. For example, the “Levitt Institute” was a fake organisation created in 2009 solely for the purposes of (successfully) fooling the Australian media into reporting that Sydney was Australia’s most naive city.....

(Please follow the link for more information. As you follow the arguments presented by the green movement you will find that they are guilty of every logical fallacy on record.  But this one is used extensively as is next week's fallacy.  So when you couple logical fallacies with outright lies they seemingly present unassailable arguments.  That is why it is important to know your material and recognize a logical fallacy when you see one.   RK)
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