Fallacies and Biases #1

Reflect: Search through common media sources looking for examples of fallacies. Some common places to find fallacies include advertisements, opinion pieces in news media, and arguments about politics, religion, and other controversial issues. You may also notice fallacies in your daily life.

Write: Present three distinct informal logical fallacies you have discovered in these types of sources or in your life. Make sure to identify the specific fallacy committed by each example. Explain how the fallacies were used and the context in which they occurred. Then, explain how the person should have presented the argument to have avoided committing this logical error.


Hardy, J., Foster, C., & Zúñiga y Postigo, G. (2015). With good reason: A guide to critical thinking [Electronic version]. Retrieved from https://content.ashford.edu/

  • Chapter 7: Informal Fallacies
  • Chapter 8: Persuasion and Rhetoric


Harrison, J. (2012). Informal fallaciesView in a new window [Unpublished work]. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Ashford University, San Diego, CA.