Politics, Economics and Social Theory

On Social Fallacies and the Confounding of Reasoning

We are susceptible to committing the logical fallacy of synonymizing two events or groups of events because in our minds, they are phenomenologically similar –that is we experience them similarly or experience their representations as sharing similar qualities –despite that they actually have causal, mechanistic or other metaphysical differences that render their synonymizing a threat to decision making. There are a great many fallacies of this particular nature that live in the public mind at any particular moment, and many of them are dominant ideas, embedded in the dominant logic of the day –and whether right or wrong, good or evil, advantageous or harmful, and truly irrespective of any normative or utility based value judgment, they are presented as the accepted account of things, the accepted ideology of society –indeed they are indoctrinated. In their occupation of our minds, and influence over our reasoning, these fallacious ideas pose legitimate threats to the operation of our society and our existence as they confound our reality.

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