Some Reminders for Folks Who Want to Argue on the Internet

Scott William Carter   February 10, 2014  

Recently, when I inadvertently ended up reading a little dust-up between a couple of science fiction writers — boy, science fiction writers do like to argue, don’t they? — I went searching for a list of all the common logical fallacies and stumbled upon this (click to go to the site for a larger image):

It’s from, which offers a great primer on the most common logical pitfalls that befall people when they argue.  Most people can’t help but use one or two — strawmen and appeal to authority, probably being the most common — but some folks manage to cover at least a dozen.  In fact, I’d say one of the immutable truths of arguing on the Internet is that the longer it goes on, the more of these fallacies will eventually be covered.