purchases a new PowerMac and it works fine for months. He then
buys and installs a new piece of software. The next time he
starts up his Mac, it freezes. Bill concludes that the
software must be the cause of the freeze
"I'll be able to buy that car I always wanted soon."
Bill: "Why, did you get a raise?"
Jane: "No. But you know how I've been playing the lottery
all these years?"
Bill: "Yes, you buy a ticket for every drawing, without
Jane: "And I've lost every time."
Bill: "So why do you think you will win this time?"
Jane: "Well, after all those losses I'm due for a
win." Gamblerís fallacy
not a doctor, but I play one on the hit series "Hot Docs
in Glassboro" You can take it from me that when you need
a fast acting, effective and safe pain killer there is nothing
better than MorphiDope 2000. That is my considered medical
opinion. Inappropriate Authority
gets a rather large wart on her finger. Based on a story her
father told her, she cuts a potato in half, rubs it on the
wart and then buries it under the light of a full moon. Over
the next month her wart shrinks and eventually vanishes. Jane
writes her father to tell him how right he was about the cure.
P1:Bill is dead or he is alive.P2:Bill is not dead.
Therefore Bill is alive. No Fallacy
"We have to stop the tuition increase! The next thing you know,
they'll be charging $40,000 a semester!" Slippery
"I read the other day that most people really like the new gun
control laws. I was sort of suspicious of them, but I guess if
most people like them, then they must be okay." General
You donít have to learn how to surf the Internat. I
donít really care if everybody thinks you are very bakcwahrd
and not in tune with the electronic universe.
Interviewer: "Your resume looks impressive but I
need another reference."
Bill: "Jill can give me a good reference."
Interviewer: "Good. But how do I know that Jill is
Bill: "Certainly. I can vouch for her." Circular
Reasoning, Begs the Question
"If skateboarding in Logic
class was illegal, then it would be prohibited by the
law." BEGGING THE QUESTION
Sam is riding her bike on the Rowan campus, minding her own business. A
Harley-Davidson rider comes up behind her and is
blaring Beethoven on his radio. She concludes that Harley
Davidson riders all love Beethoven. HASTY GENERALIZATION
"We've got to stop them from banning Friday the Thirteenth Part 56
Ĺ! . Once they start banning horror films, next will be war
movies. Then theyíll ban films with loud music and films
where Brad Pitt swears a lot.
Rowan University: Love it or leave it!
No one has proven that aliens exist. So, there must not
be any aliens. APPEAL
I wore my lucky purple sweater before I asked out Pat on a date. That
must be why Pat said we could go see Red Dragon together this
weekend! Yeah! FALSE
have a right to pierce any part of my body. My nose is part of
my body. Therefore, I am perfectly entitled to pierce my nose.
That couple was romping naked on the beach. Of course
they should have been arrested. Look at history! Where do you
find a society that approved of nudity in public?
Just going on through red lights at 3 in the morning when
there are no other cars in sight is the right thing to do. You
canít show thereís anything wrong with it.
Appeal to Ignorance
You say you should not be convicted. Do you mean to say that
you acted in self-defense when you stabbed your lover?
Unbridled passion following the wake of birth control will
create a useless and effeminate society, or worse, result in
the complete extinction of the human race. Slippery Slope