Fallace Exercise 2

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Determine the fallacy if relevent

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  • 1. 
    It is necessary to confine criminals and to lock up dangerous lunatics. Therefore there is nothing intrinsically wrong with depriving people of their liberties
  • 2. 
    The army is notoriously inefficient, so we cannot expect Major Smith to do an efficient job.
  • 3. 
    God exists because teh Bible tells us so, and we know that what the Bible tells us must be true because it is the revealed Word of God.
  • 4. 
    Order is indispensible to justice because justice can be achieved only by means of a social and legal order.
  • 5. 
    Congress shouldn't bother to consult the Joint Chiefs of Staff about military appropriations. As members of the armed forces, they will naturally want as much money for military purposes as they think they can get.
  • 6. 
    Narcotics are habit forming. Therefore, if you allow your physician to ease your pain with an opiate, you will become an hopeless drug addict
  • 7. 
    You can't prove that he was to blame for the misfortune, so it must actually have been someone else who was responsible.
  • 8. 
    You can't park here. I don't care what the sign says. If you don't drive on, I'll give you a ticket
  • 9. 
    All departures from law should be punished. Whatever happens by chance is a departure from law. Therefore whatever happens by chance should be punished.
  • 10. 
    Absolute music is perhaps the most eloquent and moving form of art, although it tells no "story." Abstract painting and sculpture are amoung the most magnificent products of human creativity, although neither of them has any "story" to tell. Therefore the "story" it contains contributes nothing to the excellence of a novel or a drama as a work of art.
  • 11. 
    Each of these sweaters is on sale at 50 percent off. If I buy two of them, that will be 100 percent off, so I'll really be getting them for nothing.
  • 12. 
    Cooks have been preparing food for generations, so our cook must be a real expert.
  • 13. 
    More young people are attending high schools and colleges than ever before in the history of our nation. But there is more juvenile delinquency than ever before. This makes is clear that to eliminate delinquency among the youth we must abolish the schools.
  • 14. 
    You say we ought to discuss whether or not to buy a new car now. All right, I agree. Let's discuss the matter. Which should we get, a Ford or a Chevy?
  • 15. 
    Our nation is a democracy and dedicated to the proposition that all people are created equal. We believe in equality of opportunity for everyone, so our colleges and universities should admit every applicant, regardless of his or her educational background.
  • 16. 
    Everything in the universe serves a function that goes beyond itself. So the universe itself must serve a function that goes beyond itself.
  • 17. 
    We should reject Mr. Watkin's suggestions for increasing the efficiency of our colleges. As a manufacturer he cannot be expected to realize that our aim is to educate the youth, not to make a profit. His recommendations can have no value for us.
  • 18. 
    Everyone said that the soup had a very distintive taste, so they must all have found it very tasty.
  • 19. 
    She says that she loves me and she must be telling the truth, because she certainly wouldn't lie to someone that she loves.
  • 20. 
    There is no proof that the secretary "leaked" the news to the papers, so it couldn't have been the secretary who did it.
  • 21. 
    Afghan hounds are seldom found in this country, so you must be careful not to let yours out of your sight.
  • 22. 
    You can't believe what Professor Threadbare says about the importance of higher salaries for teachers. As a teacher himself  he would naturally be in favor of increasing teachers' pay.
  • 23. 
    Gentelmen, I am sure that if you think it over you will see that my suggestion has real merit. It is only a suggestion of course, and not an order. As i mentioned at our last conference, I am planning to reorganize the whole business. I still hope, however, that it will not be necessary to curtail the operations of your department
  • 24. 
    Isn't it true that students who get all A's study hard? So if you want me to study hard, Professor, the best way to do it is to give me A's in all my courses
  • 25. 
    When Bill had to go up to state with the team, the professor told him it was perfectly all right for him to miss class. So the professor doesn't care whether any of us comes to class or not.
  • 26. 
    Old man Brown claims he saw a flying saucer land on his farm. But old man Brownnever got beyond the fourth grade in schoool and can hardly read or write. He is completely ignorant of what scientists have written on the subject, so his report cannot possibly be true.
  • 27. 
    I don't care how sick he is. He is wanted at the shop immediately. When the supervisor sends for a man, the employee is expected to make his appearance.
  • 28. 
    Publice education has its roots in the now out-dated ideas of the 19th century. The idea has little value today.
  • 29. 
    A good physician cures most of her patients because she has had a sound medical education, for a person with strong medical background is a good doctor.
  • 30. 
    No citizen has a right to decide whether his fellow countrymen should live or die. Therefore citizens have no reight to decided on the crucial issues of war or peace
  • 31. 
    My client is the sole support of his aged parents. If his is sent to prison it will break their hearts, and they will be left homeless and penniless. You surely cannot find it in your hearts to reach any other verdict than "not guilty"
  • 32. 
    My folks wouldn't let me go to the movies last night and they wouldn't let me stay up to watch TV either. They never want me to have any fun.
  • 33. 
    Anyone who deliberately strikes another person should be punished. Therefore the middleweight boxing champion should be severely punished, for he assaults all of his opponents.
  • 34. 
    It is our duty to do what is right. We have the right to disregard good adivce. Hence it is our duty to disregard good advice.
  • 35. 
    The governor must be a good friend to farmers of this state, because he told them so in his speech last night, and one would not lie to his friends.
  • 36. 
    He who forgets most is most ignorant. He who knows forgets most. Therefore he who knows most if most ignorant.
  • 37. 
    Her father has a very distinguished appearance, so he must be a very distinguished man.
  • 38. 
    The ships in the harbor fly in flags of all nations. The ship "Melinda" is in the harbor. Therefore the  "Melinda" flies the flags of all nations
  • 39. 
    The Rolls-Royce is a foreign-made automobile and gets very few miles per gallon. Therfore all foreign made automobiles get very few miles per gallon.
  • 40. 
    Each make of foreign automobile has less than 10 percent of the United States market. Therefore all makes of foreign automobiles have less than 10 percent of the United States market.
  • 41. 
    "Adults are obviously not getting appreciably taller, and they usually do not get more muscular. All that we can say is that the weight increase we found it due to fat."
  • 42. 
    To call you an organizsm is to epak the truth. To call you a swine it to call you an organzism. So you call you a swine is to speak toe truth.
  • 43. 
    You and I are each fond of working alone. I'm sure we'll enjoy working together.
  • 44. 
    Me, I'm dead set against a national welfare plan. Why, when I drove through the so-called poor part of town the other day, I saw a bunch of guys standng on the corner drinking beer. Man, I'd love for someone to pay me to stay home and spend the afternoon on the street corner drinking beer and shootin' the breeze.
  • 45. 
    Well, Mr. Mayor, it's perfectly fine for you to say that the quality of education in our neighborhood schools is superior. But how do you explain the fact that you send your daughter to a private school?
  • 46. 
    You seem to have very discriminating tastes! Tell me do you you give top reference to wines of California of to hose of New York State?
  • 47. 
    It is not going to save energy to have people ride buses instead of cars. Buses use way more gas than cars
  • 48. 
    People who have everything drink Irish Mint
  • 49. 
    Senator Wheatfield's arguments for farm subsidies are without value. After all, he owns a farm of several thousand acres, and his whole family is engaged extensively in farming operations.
  • 50. 
    Since all club members have paid their bills, the club must be out of debt.
  • 51. 
    Why should we criticize humans for their actions? We don't do that with other beings. Are we angry with a bird for flying or a lion for preying on a zebra?
  • 52. 
    We ought to plant more trees in our streets. Just remember that our shady avenues distinguish our lovely city from all others in the vicinity.
  • 53. 
    "Meat costs what it costs because that's what it costs. All those people do all those things. They all get paid and they all make a profit. If they didn't make a profit they wouldn't do what they do. And that would be bad.
  • 54. 
    After the plague and the Great Fire of London a House of Commons committee inquired into the causes of the misfortunes. The committee decided that what most displeased the Lord, since these misfortunes were due to His displeasure, were the works of the philosopher Thomas Hobbes. It was decreed that all Hobbes' works be burned and that no work of his should be published in England. This measure was thought by the members of Parliament to have proven effective because there has nevere been a plague or a Great Fire in London.
  • 55. 
    The time has come for us to realize that our founding fathers had some mistaken ideas. For example, in the Preambled to the Constitution we read that "all men are created equal". But this is obviously false. Some are stronger than others. Some have more intelligence than others. Some have drives which lead to success, whereas others seem to lack theses drives. All men are not created equal. The Founding Fathers were wrong.
  • 56. 
    A Worm-eating Warbler was discovered by Hazel Miller in Concord, while walking along the branch of a tree, singing, and in good view. That's our Hazel--surefooted, happy, and with just a touch of the exhibitionist.
  • 57. 
    To press forward with a properly ordered wage structure in each industry is the first condition for curbing competitive bargaining; but there is not reason why the process should stop there. What is good for each industry csan hardly be bad for the economy as a whole.
  • 58. 
    I testify unto every man that hearth the words of the prophecy of this book. If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add nto him the plagues that are written in this book. And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life..
  • 59. 
    The Inquisition must have been justified and beneficial, if whole peoples invoked and defended it, if men of the loftiest souls founded and created it severally and impartially, and its very adversaries applied it on their own account, pyre answereing to pyre.
  • 60. 
    "I'm all for women having equal rights," said Bullfight Association president Paco Camino. "But I repeat, women shouldn't fight bulls because a bullfighter is and should be a man."
  • 61. 
    It is silly to talk about abolishing poverty. Even if all your proposals went through, there would always be some people who had less than others. So no matter what steps are taken there will always be poverty.
  • 62. 
    Anytus: "Socrates, I think that you are not ready speak evil of men: and, if you will take my advice, I would recommend you to be careful. Perhaps there is no city in which it is not easier to do men harm than to do them good, and this is certainly the case of Athens, as I believe that you know."
  • 63. 
    Doctor: "You drink two hot scotches every night, don't you?"Mark Twain: "Yes, I do, but I only drink them as preventive of toothache. --I've never had the toothache!"
  • 64. 
    In 1878 the American painter James Whistler sued the formost British art critic and leading literary figure John Ruskin because Ruskin wrote that Whistler was an imposter and wrote of Whistler's "Nocturne": "I...never expected to hear a coxcoumb ask 200 guineas for flinging a pot of paint in the public's face."The trial began with the Attorney-General examing Whistler:Whistler: "...It [the "Nocturne"] was marked 200 guineas."Attorney-General: "Is not that what we, who are not artists, would call a stiffish price?"Whistler: "I think it very likely that may be so"Attorney-General: "But artists always give good value for their money, don't they"Whistler: "I am glad to hear that so well established."Attorney-General: "Now, Mr. Whistler, can you tell me how long it took you to knock off that nocturne."Whistler: "I beg your pardon!"
  • 65. 
    The story is told about Wendell Phillips, the abolishionists, who one day found himself on the same train with a group of Southern clergymen on their way to a conference. When the Southerners learned of Phillip's presence, they decided to have some fun at his expense. On of them approached and said, "Are you Wendell Phillips?""Yes, sire," came the reply."Are you the great abolitionist?""I am not great, but I am an abolishionist""Are you not the one who makes speeches in Boston and New York against slavery?""Yes, I am""Why don't you go to Kentucky and makes speeches there?"Philips looked at his questioner for a moment and then said, "Are you a clergyman?""Yes, I am", replied the other."Are you trying to save souls from hell?""Yes""Well--why don't you go there?"