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Sermon Quotes

Fallacies

H. Verlan Andersen

We are easily deceived about government because we are inclined to accept the following fallacies: (a) Anything legal is also moral. (b) We are not individually responsible for government action. (c) A different moral law applies to men in concert than it does when they act alone.

Christian Nestell Bovee

Logic invents as many fallacies as it detects; it is a good weapon, but as liable to be used in a bad as in a good cause. 

G.K. Chesterton

Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.

John Dewey

I should venture to assert that the most pervasive fallacy of philosophic thinking goes back to neglect of context.

Charles Dickens

Thus, cases of injustice, and oppression, and tyranny, and the most extravagant bigotry, are in constant occurrence among us every day. It is the custom to trumpet forth much wonder and astonishment at the chief actors therein setting at defiance so completely the opinion of the world; but there is no greater fallacy; it is precisely because they do consult the opinion of their own little world that such things take place at all, and strike the great world dumb with amazement.

Samuel Johnson

The mind is seldom quickened to very vigorous operations but by pain, or the dread of pain. We do not disturb ourselves with the detection of fallacies which do us no harm. 

Samuel Johnson

The mind is seldom quickened to very vigorous operations but by pain, or the dread of pain. We do not disturb ourselves with the detection of fallacies which do us no harm.

Daniel Kahneman

People exaggerate their confidence in their plans – something we call the planning fallacy… The existence of the plan tends to induce overconfidence.

Daniel Kahneman

Except for some effects that I attribute mostly to age, my intuitive thinking is just as prone to overconfidence, extreme predictions, and the planning fallacy as it was before I made a study of these issues. 

Martyn Lloyd-Jones

The terrible, tragic fallacy of the last hundred years has been to think that all man’s troubles are due to his environment, and that to change the man you have nothing to do but change his environment. That is a tragic fallacy. It overlooks the fact that it was in Paradise that man fell. 

Marshall McLuhan

The specialist is one who never makes small mistakes while moving toward the grand fallacy.

Lewis Mumford

People exaggerate their confidence in their plans – something we call the planning fallacy… The existence of the plan tends to induce overconfidence.

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