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slippery slope

If we ban Hummers because they are bad for the environment eventually the government will ban all cars, so we should not ban Hummers.

hasty generalization

Even though it's only the first day, I can tell this is going to be a boring course.

post hoc ergo propter hoc

I drank bottled water and now I am sick, so the water must have made me sick.

genetic fallacy

The Volkswagen Beetle is an evil car because it was originally designed by Hitler's army.

begging the question

Filthy and polluting coal should be banned.

circular reasoning

George Bush is a good communicator because he speaks effectively.


We can either stop using cars or destroy the Earth.

ad hominem

Green Peace's strategies aren't effective because they are all dirty, lazy hippies.

ad populum

If you were a true American you would support the rights of people to choose whatever vehicle they want.

red herring

The level of mercury in seafood may be unsafe, but what will fishers do to support their families?

straw man

Those people say that these plans are too ambitious.

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