''Same Team'' Fallacy


''Same Team'' Fallacy

Same Team Fallacy: A case where an arguer knows the main criticisms of their argument, and then asserts that the counter argument should have the same criticisms (based on a genetic fallacy of its arguer). It is often characterized by the fallacy of dismissal after the distinctions and differences are brought out, and the fallacy of repetition thereafter.

  • Example
    • Argument I: Skeptics are as religious as any theist, and have just as much faith as well.
      Argument II: Science is just as dogmatic and religious as any other religious institution.
      Conclusion: Skeptics believe through faith, and science is a religion.
      Problem: The member being asked (skeptics, science) to join the team (religion) is not a member by induced fallacies such as conflation, equivocation, suprious similarity, or bad analogy.
      Simplified: Ice cream and shampoo are the same, they both have egg as an ingredient.

(Note in the simplified version the absence of the genetic fallacy, exposing the basic fault of the argument.)


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