Saturday, August 13, 2011
Daily Logic Lesson: Reflections on Fallacies
"A straw man is a component of an argument and is an informal fallacy based on misrepresentation of an opponent's position. To 'attack a straw man' is to create the illusion of having refuted a proposition by replacing it with a superficially similar yet unequivalent proposition (the 'straw man'), and refuting it, without ever having actually refuted the original position."
It would benefit our society to be better at supporting our opinions, especially as Christians. Christ warned His disciples to be shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves (Matthew 10:16), and I think that learning to argue well is probably part of this. So the next time you find yourself in a discussion with anyone really, step back, keep your emotions in check, and avoid using this fallacy.