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Author Topic:   A Guide to Creationist Tactics
Doddy
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Message 54 of 136 (380003)
01-26-2007 2:23 AM


Begging the Question/Petitio Principii
Where an assumption, usually precisely the one that is being argued, is disguised and sneaked into the premise, from which the conclusion is made.
I found an example of this at a website (http://www.whoisyourcreator.com/bigbangtheory.htm) where it was trying to disprove the 'Big Bang Theory'.
quote:
Nothing has ever come from nothing
By saying "has ever", it assumes the big bang never happened, in order to disprove the big bang!
That website also has a terrible tactic (an uncommon one, but very annoying) of PUTTING TEXT IN CAPITAL LETTERS AND RED TEXT, TO SOMEHOW ADD CREDENCE TO THE ARGUMENT!
By the way, EvoWiki has a great list of creationist fallacies: http://wiki.cotch.net/index.php/Category:Fallacies
And, because it's a wiki, you can edit in any examples that they missed or haven't got around to doing yet.
Edited by Doddy Curumehtar, : Added wiki link

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