The 10 Commandments of Logic


1) Thou shall not attack the person’s character, but the argument.
(Ad hominem)

2) Thou shall not misrepresent or exaggerate a person’s argument in
order to make them easier to attack. (Straw man fallacy)

3) Thou shall not use small numbers to represent the whole. (Hasty

4) Thou shall not argue thy position by assuming one of its premises is
true. (Begging the question)

5) Thou shall not claim that because something occured before, it must
be the cause. (Post Hoc/False cause)

6) Thou shall not reduce the argument down to two possibilties. (False

7) Thou shall not argue that because of our ignorance, claim must be
true or false. (Ad ignorantum)

8) Thou shall not lay the burden of proof onto him that is questioning
the claim. (Burden of proof reversal)

9) Thou shall not assume “this” follows “that” when it has no logical
connection. (Non sequitur)

10) Thou shall not claim that because a premise is popular, therefore
it must be true. (Bandwagon fallacy)