A flanaman is a component of an argument and is an informal fallacy based on misrepresentation of an opponent's position. To "attack a flanaman" is to create the illusion of having refuted a proposition by replacing it with a superficially similar yet unequivalent proposition (the "flanaman"), and refuting it, without ever having actually refuted the original position.
The flanaman man fallacy occurs in the following pattern of argument:
Person A has position X.
Person B disregards certain key points of X and instead presents the superficially similar position Y. Thus, Y is a resulting distorted version of X and can be set up in several ways, including:
Presenting a misrepresentation of the opponent's position.
Quoting an opponent's words out of context — i.e. choosing quotations that misrepresent the opponent's actual intentions.
Presenting someone who defends a position poorly as the defender, then refuting that person's arguments — thus giving the appearance that every upholder of that position (and thus the position itself) has been defeated.
Inventing a fictitious persona with actions or beliefs which are then criticized, implying that the person represents a group of whom the speaker is critical.
Oversimplifying an opponent's argument, then attacking this oversimplified version.
Person B attacks position Y, concluding that X is false/incorrect/flawed.
This sort of "reasoning" is fallacious, because attacking a distorted version of a position fails to constitute an attack on the actual position.
|65.||First Date Fallacy|
The fact that when on a first date, a girl is less likely to sleep with someone she really likes and wants to see again and is more likely to sleep with someone who she never wants to date again. This can due to the belief that all her partner is looking for is sex, and once that is achieved he will move on. This can also be due to a woman having sexual drives but no one she is romantically interested in around, so she goes for an easy, convenient target.
"I held out on having sex with the sexy fireman after he took me on the best date ever because I really liked him and wanted to make sure we'd go out again - but I did sleep with my douche bag neighbor after a couple drinks because I realized I didn't care if we had another date. That's the first date fallacy for you."
Similar to the straw man argument, a straw meme is a logical fallacy presented in image form. Typical use is to assign misrepresented, exaggerated or completely false characteristics to an opposing viewpoint and then attack these characteristics instead of the actual viewpoint.
Typically, straw memes are met with supporting arguments such as, "sooooooo truuu!!!" and, "i'm steelin this!"
Straw meme examples:
Oh, you think (example A) because (example B)? Tell me more about (unrelated example C)!!!
If you're ok with (example A) but don't like (unrelated example B), then you're a hypocrite!!! Share if you agree.
|67.||Photoshop hoc, ergo hoc vera|
Photoshop hoc, ergo hoc vera is a logical fallacy whereby something is assumed to be true because someone photoshopped a picture of it.
An example of "Photoshop hoc, ergo hoc vera" is a picture of a Nobel Prize stained in blood stating that someone doesn't deserve a Nobel Prize because they are responsible for more deaths than Hitler. "Photoshop hoc, ergo hoc vera" applies people assume that the picture is true just because someone made it, and then share it with others.
A common internet fallacy, in which one party responds to the logical argument of another by simply saying "lol." Often followed by or combined with an example of ad hominem, the response never actually presents an argument, and is paramount to simply admitting, "You have a point, good sir, but I will never admit you bested me in a battle of intellect!"
Ronald: "X is better than Y, because of Z"
James: "Lol! You're an idiot!"
Ronald: "Care to explain your reasoning?"
Ronald: "That's a classic lollacy."
The opposite to the English language technique 'Pathetic Fallacy'.
The weather/environment being an opposition to your emotions.
When the environment (specifically the weather) is opposed to the feelings or emotions of the individual.
Person 1: It's tipping it down outside! How miserable.
Person 2: What a juxtaposition, I feel great today!
Person 3: Actually, it's contrasensus!
'The rain when the two kiss is an example of contrasensus,'
A psuedoscientific term created by the misogynists who call themselves "Men's Rights Activists" to justify their claim that just because men control almost all the positions of power (the "apexes") doesn't mean that any discrimination against women happened.
Normal human: "You ever notice all 43 American presidents have been men?"
Misogynist: "That's the apex fallacy, I can find 43 poor guys, too! Therefore, women have just as much power as men -- no, even more power than men! Child support is theft! All rape reports are false!" *foams at the mouth*