I would suggest that all +quot;pseudoscience+quot; (on talk.origins) at any rate can be di

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I would suggest that all "pseudoscience" (on talk.origins) at any rate can be discerned based on the inclusion of one or more of the following fallacies. Argumentum ad CAP-LOCK The logical fallacy that holds anything written in all capital letters must be true. Example, "THE SECOND LAW OF THERMODYNAMICS PROVES THAT EVOLUTION IS IMPOSSIBLE." Argumentum via Conspiracium ad Scientia The logical fallacy that holds any theory which is suppressed by science must be correct. This suppression is often proved by the fact that the proponents have published nothing in refereed journals. Example: "Of course Henry Morris hasn't published anything on biology. The truth is being suppressed." Argumentum via Consequncia ad Negativio The logical fallacy that holds any belief which may lead to negative consequences is perforce incorrect. Example: "Hitler spoke glowingly of evolution. This shows that evolution is wrong." Argumentum via Misspellatum The logical fallacy that holds any idea that can be misspelled to provide sinister connotations is perforce incorrect. Example: "EVILution". Argumentum via Lackum ad Imaginatium The logical fallacy that holds any idea which is beyond the mental capacity of it's opponent is perforce incorrect. Example: "I just can't imagine how evolution could produce eyes." Argumentum via Repititio The logical fallacy that holds anything which is repeated often enough just has to be correct. Example: The reduced felt-effect of gravity. See also the related fallacy of Refutadum via Repititio Refutadum via Repititio The logical fallcy that holds that after a suitable number of repostings, one can claim that he has already refuted all of the criticisms to one's posts. Example: The reduced felt-effect of gravity. See also the related fallacy of Argumentum ad Repititio. Argumentum via Compariensis ad Gallileo The logical fallcy that holds since people laughed at Gallileo, and he was correct, if people laugh at me I must be correct. Example: "Sure this sounds crazy, but remember people said that to Galileo too." Argumentum via Examplum ad Einstein The logical fallacy that holds Einstein to be the sole and final arbiter of the correctness of a scientific theory. Example: "Einstein died with a copy of one of Velikovsky's books on his desk." Argumentum via Denialadum ad Obviousensis The logical fallacy that holds that denying the obvious perforce makes the obvious untrue. Example: "One cannot be a theist and accept evolution." Argumentum ad Ted The logical fallacy that holds expletive, solely by itself, proves one's point. Example: "Bullshit." >-|- ___ Warren Kurt vonRoeschlaub P.S. Sorry to use your post as a mere springboard, Warren, but, hey, c'est la vie in talk.origins. -- Matt Brinkman brinkman@edseq1.llnl.gov

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