It's driving me crazy, listening to politicians, reading Facebook comments, even browsing through the news. Like the grizzled professor from "The Chronicles of Narnia," I ask myself “Why don’t they teach logic at these schools?" Is it possible that we really are living in a time when fallacies can grow, unchallenged, until they rise to the status of truth for so many people?
In the interests of public mental health, I wish to present you with a list of logical fallacies. Print it out and every time you hear a radio or television commentator or read an article, see how many of these pop up. Just for fun. You can even do some test exercises on the site, thanks to San José State University.
Appeal to Fear
Appeal to Loyalty
Appeal to Prejudice
Appeal to Hatred
Appeal to Indirect Consequences
Appeal to Common Belief
Appeal to Tradition
Of course, there are many more, but these will get you started.