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Analysis of an argument- Always 2 fallacies?

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Analysis of an argument- Always 2 fallacies? [#permalink] New post 14 Sep 2009, 12:44
The way I see it, the vast majority of the time, if not outright always, there's a comparison to a certain entity (can't think of a better word) such as a town or a business. To me there's always a correlation and causation issue with this. Sometimes it may be hidden a little. In the end however, one town is not necessarily representative of your town, and the solution that the other town came up with that worked is not necessarily the cause of the improvement. Considering stats and research are never a part of these arguments, I believe there's never any proof of causality and representativeness in these situations. It seems like almost every argument is also a variation of this. Therefore I think you can use these fallacies for almost all essays. I also say "almost" to be cautious, it may well be that EVERY argument is a variation of this. Am I right?
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Re: Analysis of an argument- Always 2 fallacies? [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2009, 15:39
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jjwumaster wrote:
Fantastic insight, sir. I would agree if you memorize these three logical fallacies:

1. Generalizing from particulars (representativeness)
2. Taking correlation as causation
3. Lack of substantiating evidence

You can almost always ace the AWA, and given good grammar and structure, score a 6.0.


Interestingly enough on the real thing for the first time since I noticed th trend I didn't use causality. It seemed like the argument might have actually established causality (these guys accomplished this by doing this, so these other guys should do the same thing). So for a second weakness I used their recommended action. The recommended action mentioned an actual amount, yet the argument mentioned none. So how do you know that that's the amount needed? Anyway, altogether I got a 4.5 though.

BTW, I tried to be vague, I don't know if these get recycled or not and if I can get in trouble for giving out this info. Probably paranoia on my part though.
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Re: Analysis of an argument- Always 2 fallacies? [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2009, 16:34
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Haha I don't think that was too specific. I had to read it once or twice to get the gist of it. As for paranoia, better safe than sorry! You're right to be wary of using the word "always," but remembering those major logical fallacies can be very helpful in quickly identifying the problems and drawing out an outline. At the least, you'll be quicker out of the gates and at the best you'll improve your AWA.
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Re: Analysis of an argument- Always 2 fallacies? [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2009, 16:27
you raise a good point.
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Re: Analysis of an argument- Always 2 fallacies? [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2009, 09:08
Fantastic insight, sir. I would agree if you memorize these three logical fallacies:

1. Generalizing from particulars (representativeness)
2. Taking correlation as causation
3. Lack of substantiating evidence

You can almost always ace the AWA, and given good grammar and structure, score a 6.0.
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