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Logical Fallacy of the Outright Lie / Total Lie


Logical Fallacy of the Outright Lie / Total Lie

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 regression, circular reasoning, or axiomatic thinking. This is known as Agrippa's trilemma. Some have claimed that only logic and math can be known; however, that is not true. Without Divine revelation, neither logic nor math can be known. Science is limited only to pragmatic thinking because of the weakness of human reasoning, which is known as Agrippa's trilemma. The outright lie fallacy, a form of axiomatic thinking, is one of these three unhappy possibilities.

The logical fallacy of the outright lie, or total lie, occurs when a lie is totally fabricated with no truth in it. Most lies contain a considerable amount of truth in them. They are like rat poison that is 98% good food and 2% poison. For this reason, outright lies are usually found when exploring the details of a statement to sort out the lies from the truth. When the 2% is found, an outright lie is found. It would usually is fallacy abuse to label a half-truth as an outright lie, though half-truths have the same effect as total lies. They are just more effective in fooling people. Also, most total lies are in the half-lie of the half-truth. As with all fallacies, this fallacy can be knowingly committed or unknowingly committed. If a person becomes convinced that a lie is the truth, that person will be much more effective in telling lies. This is one of the great dangers of teaching lies.

Examples of the Logical Fallacy of the Outright Lie / Total Lie

Lock Haven University Website: “The proofs of the existence of a god are pathetic attempts to justify an emotional commitment to a fantasy that is logically and scientifically impossible to prove. Once this fact is appreciated, all of these proofs of a god are seen to be totally empty of content.”

This is one of the few statements where a complex statement is made without any truth at all in the statement. The overall statement is an outright lie, an appeal to emotion, and a question-begging epithet. It is also an attempt to prove a universal negative, which is a fallacy in itself. However, the reason that we (those who follow Christ) know God exists is that we know Jesus Christ personally. He leads us. We are learning to discern His Voice from all other voices, including the voices of our own fallen and deceitful mind. In other words, we know that He exists by Divine revelation. Therefore, this statement on the Lock Haven University website is a statement contrary to fact, and it is a statement filled with negative emotion. The writer may think that the web page is reasonable, however, it commits many fallacies, not the least of which is a fallacy of amazing familiarity.

"Evolution is a scientific fact."

This isn't a bold-faced lie, since it is hedged by an equivocation of the word, "evolution." Most likely, if the person making such a claim were to be asked for a definition of the word, "evolution," the person would define it as both "the small changes in living things that can be observed taking place from generation to generation" and also "unobserved and uncheckable historical events of changes between kinds of living things so that molecules eventually turned into people." This persuasive definition allows a lie to be told. A false impression is created in which the unobserved, uncheckable definition of "evolution" is thougth to be scientific. It is a total lie. The equivocation is the mechanism to execute the lie. Sneaky lies can be outright lies.

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