The Importance of Teaching Logic and Logical Fallacies in Schools

TLDR Logic and logical fallacies are essential topics that should be taught in schools as they are prevalent in everyday life and can be found in various forms of media. Understanding fallacies such as ad hominem, tu quoque, what aboutism, post-hoc ergo proctor-hoc, hasty generalization, argumentum ad ignoratium, strawman argument, false dichotomy, red herring, circular reasoning, appeal to authority, and bandwagon fallacy can help individuals critically analyze arguments and avoid being misled.

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00:00 Schools often neglect to teach logic and logical fallacies, which are prevalent in everyday life and can be found in online content and television, leading to the need to educate oneself on common fallacies.
01:51 Add hominem is the most common fallacy where someone attacks the person making the argument rather than the argument itself, while to Cuocoe is an appeal to hypocrisy where someone dismisses an argument based on the person making it.
03:19 What aboutism is a fallacy where another subject is brought up to deflect criticism, and post-hoc ergo proctor-hoc is the fallacy of assuming causation based on temporal sequence.
04:44 Hasty generalization is using insufficient data to make a larger claim, argumentum ad ignoratium is assuming something is true or false based on lack of evidence, and a strawman argument is creating a false representation of an opposing position.
06:18 False dichotomy is a fallacy that creates a false distinction of there being only two options, or that not supporting one position implies that you must support another position, such as the common phrase "either you are with us or against us."
07:44 Red herring, circular reasoning, and appeal to authority are all fallacies that can be used to distract from the main issue, assume the truth of a conclusion, or rely on someone's status or fame to validate a claim.
09:09 The bandwagon fallacy assumes something is true because it's popular, often seen in advertising, but there is also an anti-bandwagon fallacy that says something is bad because everyone else is doing it.
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