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Thou shalt not commit logical fallacies

Presuming that because a claim has been poorly argued, or a fallacy has been made, that the claim itself must be wrong. A logical fallacy is a flaw in reasoning. Logical fallacies are like tricks or illusions of thought, and they're often very sneakily used by politicians and the media to fool people. Don't be fooled! This website has been designed to help you identify and call out dodgy logic wherever it may raise its ugly, incoherent head. Rollover the icons above and click for examples.

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