What is a logical fallacy?
When boiled down, all arguments have the same basic structure of A therefore B.
If I made an assertion that:
0 + 1 = 1
2 + 0 = 2
1 + 0 = 2
I would have not only failed at math but committed a logical fallacy as well.
When someone adopts a position, or tries to persuade someone else to adopt a position, based on a bad piece of reasoning, they commit a fallacy.
The ability to identify logical fallacies in the arguments of others, and to avoid them in one’s own arguments, is both valuable and increasingly rare.
Fallacious reasoning keeps us from knowing the truth.
The inability to think critically makes us vulnerable to manipulation and opens us up to making bad decisions based in bad reasoning.