Saturday, January 15, 2005

Examples of False Analogy

The advocate puts forward an analogy in support of a case, but the analogy only has superficial similarities to the case in question.
  • The politics of opposition - Well Poisoning with Weasel Words
  • Ass clown argues astrologer ass clowns are actually scientists
  • The argument from banana
  • Mr Lefty is worried

  • Intelligently designed false analogy

  • Barnaby's Analogy fits...

  • Fallacy Phil's False Analogy

  • Intelligently Designed Cat Escapes Bag

  • Analogies - the good and the bad

  • Miranda Devine rolls her eyes at climate change…

  • Carlton weasels away

  • McCrann's false analogy
  • For a comprehensive and considered written commentary on False Analogy (and other fallacies) - see The skeptic's field guide to spotting fallacies in thinking - Humbug!
    Internal Tag:

    In this podcast we discuss False Analogies. This includes a direct reading from our book: Humbug! The skeptics' field guide to spotting fallacies in thinking. We'll eventually get around to podcasting all the fallacies from the book, so you can think of it as the "audio book" version of Humbug!. Not all analogies are false and not all are apt (this would be a False Dichotomy). Analogies lie on a continuum, from strong to weak. We also discuss the use of nonsensical sayings to confuse an opponent in our new section, Schadenfreude - the guilty pleasures of humbug.

    Here's the link to direct download: