red herring fallacy

red herring | ˌred ˈher.ɪŋ | noun

  • The red herring fallacy changes the focus of an argument.
  • Arguers commit the fallacy of red herring when they introduce an irrelevant issue that has the effect of distracting from the question at hand.

I call this “the sleight of hand maneuver” as it happens so slickly it is often unperceivable to the audience.

Source: Reason in the Balance: an inquiry approach to critical thinking.


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