The way we argue now
Public debate has grown with online media, but poor reasoning and weak arguments are everywhere. Before you go on that discussion board, read our guide to dodgy rhetoric
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Poor reasoning and weak arguments appear practically everywhere. Discussion and analysis, both in print and online, are all too often riddled with dubious reasoning. The more contentious the issue, the more extreme the flurry of dodgy claims it generates. Flawed logic is ubiquitous, ranging from genuine ignorance to odious dishonesty. It can all too easily derail constructive discussion and damage our ability to make sound decisions.
Here are some of the common reasoning flaws found in modern discourse, which are scuppering our ability to make good decisions.