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Old 07-21-2012, 02:36 PM   #243
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Originally Posted by Bacillus Anthracis View Post
Appeal to Probability: assuming that something is likely to happen means that it's certain to happen.

P1: No B* is m*
P2: No C* is m*
P3: All B* is m
Therefore: All B is W*

Being much more generous doesn't help your cause either:

P1: m is W
P2: C is not m*
p3: B is not m*
P4: B is m
Therefore: B* is W*

Either way, both are a f'ing mess and it took some thinking to try and put the best face on it.

In logic, syllogistic arguments have terms that are called distributed and undistributed. Each capital letter must be distributed just once and there can only be one distributed letter on the right hand side of the argument. The stars represent distributed letters.

Also, each letter (upper and lower case) must appear twice and only twice within the framework of such an argument. Notice that in the first argument you have three Bs and a single W. The significance of capital and small letters is that small letters represent specific individuals while upper case letters denote general terms.

For example, the statement, "Some bears live in Alaska" when written as a syllogistic premise is some B is a.

In regard to the arguments outlined above, the lower case m is Manning while the upper case letters are Broncos, Colts, and Winning.

Therefore, additional fallacies include the fallcies of exclusive premises, illicit major, and illicit minor.

I'm not sure you understand any fallacies very well and it's clear you haven't the foggiest idea of what the basic syllogistic rules for logic are.

There's a difference between hypocrisy, equivocation, and assertion and there are different fallacies that accompany each of those. I would suggest you actually learn some of these and be able to articulate them before using them in any kind of argument.

You're welcome.

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