TOP 10 ABUSES OF THEORY AND LOGIC


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10. IRRELEVANT COMPARISONS:
    Example: $100 is a good price for a toaster, compared to buying a Ferrari.

9.  INCOMPLETENESS AS PROOF OF FACT
    Example: Your theory of gravity doesn't address the question of why there
    are no unicorns, so it must be wrong.

8.  IGNORING THE ADVICE OF EXPERTS WITHOUT GOOD REASON:
    Example: Sure the experts say you shouldn't ride a bicycle in the eye of a
    hurricane, but I have my own theory.

7.  REACHING BIZARRE CONCLUSIONS WITHOUT ANY INFORMATION:
    Example: My car won't start. I'm certain the spark plugs have been stolen by
    rogue clowns.

6.  OVERAPPLICATION OF OCCAM'S RAZOR
    (WHICH SAYS THAT THE SIMPLEST EXPLANATION MUST BE CORRECT):
    Example: The simplest explanation for the moon landings is that they were
    hoaxes.

5.  INABILITY TO UNDERSTAND THAT SOME THINGS HAVE MULTIPLE CAUSES:
    Example: The Beatles were popular for one reason only: they were good
    singers.

4.  JUDGING THE WHOLE BY ONE OF IT'S CHARACTERISTICS:
    Example: The sun causes sunburns. Therefore the planet would be better off
    without the sun.

3.  BLAMING THE TOOL:
    Example: I bought an encyclopedia but I'm still stupid.

2.  TAKING THINGS TO THEIR ILLOGICAL CONCLUSION:
    Example: If you let your barber cut your hair, they next thing you know
    he'll be lopping your limbs off.

1.  PROOF BY LACK OF EVIDENCE:
    Example: I've never seen you drunk, so you must be one of those Amish
    people.