False Analogy 12-10-02 4:05 PM
False Analogy & Equivocation Exercises
1) I am the father of two daughters. When I hear this argument that we can’t
protect freedom in Europe, in Asia, or in our own hemisphere and still meet
our domestic problems, I think it is a phony argument. It is just like saying
that I can’t take care of Luci because I have Lynda Bird. We have to take
care of both of them and we have to meet them head on. (Lyndon Johnson).
2) Student government is a mistake from the beginning. Look what happens in
homes where parents let the children run things their own way!
3) If architects want to strengthen a decrepit arch, they increase the load that is
laid upon it, for thereby the parts are joined more firmly together. So, if
therapists wish to foster their patient’s mental health, they should not be
afraid to increase the load through a reorientation toward the meaning of
one’s life. (Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning)
4) We are told that prostitution is a growing national problem, but that isn’t the
half of it! At least half of the men and women in this country today are
prostitutes. They sell their bodies or their minds in jobs that are personally
meaningless and socially destructive.
5) A parricide is in the same relation to his father as a young oak to the parent
tree, which, springing up from an acorn dropped by the parent, grows up and