|Logical Fallacy of Extended Analogy|
Logical Fallacy of Extended Analogy
Extended analogy is one of the many smokescreens that are used to cover the fact that the 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 logical fallacy of extended analogy occurs when two things that are similar to a third thing are said to be like each other without further proof of that fact.
Examples of the Logical Fallacy of Extended Analogy
Statements like these play on the ignorance of those listening to them. Note that macro-evolution has never been observed even in the fossil record. We see variation within kinds of living things to the edges of the families of living things but nothing in between. The tree of life is actually a forest of individual trees that are separated right about the level of families. However, gravity is observed. The various competing theories of gravity have not been observed, but there is a Law of Gravity, and the Law simply describes what we observe about gravity. There is no law of macro-evolution because there is nothing that can be observed.
Actually, though radiometry is used as one of the processes for radiometric dating, the two are not at all on the same footing scientifically.
Note how Sandy superficially applied the form of the logical fallacy onto Roxanne’s words, converting a simple example, that was brought in on the side merely to facilitate understanding, into the major premise. The cleverness of this ploy cannot be denied, but such tactics aren’t used by anyone interested in truth.
Last updated: Sep, 2014
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