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Galileo Wannabe Fallacy / Galileo Argument (Formal)


Galileo Wannabe Fallacy / Galileo Argument (Formal)

The Galileo argument is a formal fallacy that covers up the problem when reasoning is based on one of the three fallacies of Agrippa's trilemma. Whenever a logical fallacy is committed, the fallacy has its roots in Agrippa's trilemma. All human thought (without Divine revelation) is based on one of three unhappy possibilities. These three possibilities are infinite regress, circular reasoning, or axiomatic thinking. This problem is known as Agrippa's trilemma. Some have claimed that only logic and math can be known without Divine revelation; however, that is not true. There is no reason to trust either logic or math without Divine revelation. Science is also limited to the pragmatic because of the weakness on human reasoning, which is known as Agrippa's trilemma.

The Galileo Wannabe fallacy / Galileo argument occurs when an appeal to pity fallacy is committed while making a comparison to what Galileo went through. Of course, this is very rarely done, but it perhaps has happened at least once. More often, this fallacy is used for fallacy abuse.

The Galileo Wannabe Fallacy / Galileo Argument can take one of two different forms. One is to state it as a fake formal fallacy and the other is to state it as an informal fallacy of appeal to pity.

Examples of the Galileo Wannabe Fallacy / Galileo Argument (Formal)

"Galileo was ignored, suppressed, and censored and he was right. I am ignored, suppressed, and censored, therefore, I am right."

Of course, if this statement were ever made, it would be a fallacy. The statement was never made. It is a straw man argument. The fact is that anyone who doesn't bow to the Big-Bang-Billions-of-Years-No-Flood-Molecules-to-Man story will be ignored, suppressed, and censored. That proves that something is dreadfully wrong with the system. It proves that the scientific system is still in the same status as it was when Galileo was ignored, suppressed, and censored. Human nature has not changed.

Most of the time, the discussions go something like this:

Fallacy Abuse

Sandy: "If the Big-Bang-Billions-of-Years-No-Flood-Molecules-to-Man story isn't the only possible answer to the history of the Universe, then why are there no articles defaming it in the Secular Humanist scientific journals."

Rocky: "Because, just as in Galileo's day, the ruling elite among the scientists protect their sacred cow theories."

Sandy: "So, your reasoning is: Galileo was ignored, suppressed, and censored, and he was right. You are ignored, suppressed, and censored. Therefore, you are right. That is faulty logic."

Rocky: "That is not my reasoning. That is your straw man argument."

In this case, the Galileo Argument or the Galileo Wannabe Fallacy is being used to commit fallacy abuse. Here, it is merely a defense for an appeal to tradition fallacy. One website titled their article: "The Galileo fallacy and denigration of scientific consensus." Think about that. The denigration of scientific consensus. Strange that consensus means that everyone is in agreement at least to the point that they are willing to sign off on it. "It," in this case, may be the Big-Bang-Billions-of-Years-No-Flood-Molecules-to-Man story or "it" may be the Global Warming story. The two stories are not unrelated, since the Global Warming story assumes that Big-Bang-Billions-of-Years-No-Flood-Molecules-to-Man story. Consensus is achieved by eliminating anyone who openly disagrees. That is a pretty weak consensus. It is similar to the consensus that Mussolini achieved through fascism. In fact, it is a form of fascism where control is maintained by getting rid of anyone who voices opposition. So, it's not surprising that Atheists would want to cover their tracks with a smoke screen on this one by creating a new fake-fallacy.

Last updated: Sep, 2014

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Formally Correct Fallacy / According to the Rules Fallacy (type of)

Logical Fallacy of Affirming the Consequent / Fallacy of the Undistributed Middle Term

Logical Fallacy of Commutation of Conditionals / Fallacy of the Consequent / Converting a Conditional

Logical Fallacy of Affirming a Disjunct / Fallacy of the Alternative Disjunct / False Exclusionary Disjunct / Affirming One Disjunct / Logical Fallacy of the Alternative Syllogism / Asserting an Alternative / Improper Disjunctive Syllogism / Fallacy

Logical Fallacy of Denying the Antecedent / Inverse Error / Fallacy of the Inverse / Invalid modus tollens

Logical Fallacy of Illicit Process

Logical Fallacy of Illicit Major

Logical Fallacy of Illicit Minor

Logical Fallacy of Invalid form using All

Logical Fallacy of Invalid form using "Some"

Logical Fallacy of Unwarranted Contrast / Some Are-Some Are Not

Logical Fallacy of Denying a Conjunct

Logical Fallacy of Negative Premise / Illicit Negative / Drawing a Positive Conclusion from Negative Premises

Logical Fallacy of Drawing a Negative Conclusion from Affirmative Premises / Illicit Affirmative

Logical Fallacy of Existential Instantiation / Existential Fallacy

Fallacy of Exclusive Premises

Logical Fallacy of Four Terms

Logical Fallacy of Necessity / Felacia Necassitas

Logical Fallacy of False Conversion / Illicit Conversion

Logical Fallacy of Illicit Contraposition

Formal Logical Fallacy Illicit Substitution of Identicals / Hooded Man Fallacy / Masked Man Fallacy / Intensional Fallacy / Epistemic Fallacy / Leibniz' Law Fallacy

Formal Logical Fallacy of Confusing "if" with "if and only if"

Logical Fallacy of Negating Antecedent and Consequent / Improper Transposition

Logical Fallacy of Invalid form using "OR"

Logical Fallacy of Confusion of "Necessary" with "Sufficient" Condition

Galileo Wannabe Fallacy / Galileo Argument (Formal)

Four Terms Fallacy / Quaternio Terminorum



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