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Fallacy Recognition in the Middle East

CONTENTS

Zen & Understanding the Middle East

Introduction
Sellers' Market
Will to Believe
Rules of Thumb

"The truth is out there "
Use & misuse of words
False information signals more false information
Technical whiz-bang
Understand the Context
Lies, More Lies, Damn Lies and Newspapers
Beware of Generalizations
Theology and scripture
Misleading Statistics
Smoke in your eyes
What is Missing?
Myth versus fact versus narrative
The past was not like the present; the future will be different

Fallacy Recognition in the Middle East

Fallacies and Arguments
Cause and Effect
Slippery Slope
Gambler's Fallacy
Ad Hominem
Authority
Beliefs
Appeal to Novelty
Appeal to Emotion
Appeal to Tradition
False Dilemma or Black and White Thinking
Special Pleading
The Spotlight Fallacy
Who is to Say?

Fallacy Handbook

Fallacy Recognition in the Middle East

These pages include all of Mike LaBossiere's Fallacy Recognition Handbook. All of the bad logic he illustrates finds wide application in Middle East advocacy. This section discusses some of his points and examines how they might apply to the Middle East. You will certainly recognizes "Two wrongs don't make a right" and "Red Herrings" in much Middle East advocacy.

Some of the fallacies in the handbook are due to true errors in logical inference, such as improper inference of cause and effect. However, others are not errors in logic at all. Many are illogical "hidden persuaders" that have nothing to do with logic, but rather appeal to emotion in different ways.

 

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