The in class discussion on Logical Fallacies was an illuminating one due to how I find these topics to be hard to understand. I have never understood people, they always say one thing and never follow up on it or they deny ever saying anything at all. I am someone who always say what they mean and don’t say anything I don’t believe strongly on. I have done extensive research on this matter and found body language and applied phycology to be useful in understanding people better. These tools have enriched my experience with people although it’s really hard to apply them to the written form. I have researched the main logical fallacies in previous English classes and found these concepts to be interesting has they are confusing. The first one we talked in class was Hasty generalization, it’s when an argument is made from little to no information on the subject and everything that relates to the subject is lumped in. One fallacies that caught my attention was the one we referred to has Missing the point, that fallacies are when a question is presented and the answer completely misses the plot of the question. The third fallacies that I noticed people use all the time in my everyday life is Slippery slope. What I found out about people is that most of them don’t even know they are implementing these fallacies. It’s something that they have used in their life so much it has become automated by them from simple muscle memory and there upbringing.
I have encountered the first fallacies in conversing with people and it’s something that people do in most aspects of their life and it has certain ethical issues when applied to more sensitive matters. In today’s society we have to much information that is being projected has us in a constant rate and we need a way to absorb what is most relevant to our life’s. One way to accomplish this is by focusing on ourselves to further our agenda and to get the highlights of everything else. This reasoning has its advantages because people have been applying this technique to their life’s for generations with positive effects. The biggest ethical issue is that we are left open to Hasty generalization and it can lead us to believe something that is misguided and even ethically wrong. For example, it’s been all over the news that all Muslims are not to be let in this country. This is a great example due to the fact that the hasty generalization is that all Muslims want to arm this country and it’s just not true. I really dislike politics due to how they have the tendency to make hasty generalization because how people connect to the super simple reasoning.
When conversing with individuals I have noticed that when a question is presented they seem to talk and talk although the question is never answer. It has been my opinion that people are just waiting to talk and don’t noticed that their question was never answer. I can recall all the times when I am I need of help or guidance and when encountering someone that is compensated to assist, just talk and talk but never offer any help or something of substance. Missing the point is a fallacy that has ethical consequences due to the fact that people just want you to leave and don’t think ethically or even logically. We need to really listen to people and not miss the point of their question because in some cases it can even save that individual’s life. If someone would to ask how to get to the hospital, you wouldn’t just print them out a google maps directions because you would ascertain that person is in poor health and is in need of medical assistance. These problematic ethical issues are present in our everyday life’s and we need to be vigilant and focus on that ethically irresponsible outcome.
The final fallacies that caught my interest was the one we labeled has Slippery slope, it’s when someone puts a lot of meaning on a small issue or event and correlate it to a more grandiose event or issue. A great example of these fallacies is when someone states that playing violent video games has a kid will lead to committing violent crimes has an adult. This fallacy appeals to our moral compass and has really deep ethical ramification due to the message of helping someone in need know or in the near future. I have noticed that people how play violent video game all day when they were kids are now going to school to be game developers. Know they spend all of their time coding and learning how to improve and make their own game so they can sell it or get a really good high paying job.
In conclusion, we need to analyze fallacies in our everyday life and apply some simple ethics to them so we can make informed and morally correct decisions. This is crucial when making decision on matters that impact our children and other people. We have entrusted public officials with a lot of power so then can make policies that will improve our way of living and using fallacies negates the fact that they are not providing the service that we entrusted them with. I also find it frustrating when teachers put us in groups so they have less papers to grade or when they make the students grade someone else’s assignment. Students who are really popular always somehow get better grades in these situations. How is this ethically right for the students who spend their time studying and don’t have time to socialize. We need to collect ably make a decision to not use fallacies and let our hard work speech for us instead of people that will use fallacies to further their agenda and not take ethics into consideration.