Friday, May 28, 2010

Fallacy: Red Herring

This fallacy is commited whenever an irrelevant topic is presented in order to divert attention from the original issue, trying to win the argument by creating a smoke screen that clouds the issue that is supposed to throw the opponent off his track.

Argument Form:
Topic A is under discussion
Topic B is introduced under the guise of being relevant to topic A (when topic B is actually not relevant to topic A)
Topic A is abandoned


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