Your brain doesn’t always think rationally. Sometimes, it makes mistakes called logical fallacies, aka, thinking errors. One of the most common logical fallacies in the health industry is the straw man.
You’ve almost certainly encountered the straw man argument before. You may have made it yourself. The straw man argument is a common diversion people use to discredit your ideas, especially when they’re defending a position that lacks evidence.
In this podcast, you’ll learn how to identify and defeat a straw man argument. Most importantly, you’ll learn how to avoid making one yourself.
Death to Straw Men (Arguments)
0:25 – A quick example of the straw man fallacy: “fructose makes you fat and sick.”
2:09 – What is a straw man fallacy?
3:25 – How to spot the three kinds of straw man arguments.
3:55 – How to avoid making, or being fooled by, the straw man argument.
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