Wednesday, 29 April 2020

STATING THE OBVIOUS: FALSE DILEMMAS

by Banned Hipster

false dilemma (or sometimes called false dichotomy) is a type of informal fallacy, more specifically one of the correlative-based fallacies, in which a statement falsely claims an “either/or” situation, when in fact there is at least one additional logically valid option.

  • There is no such thing as the coronavirus, it’s all a government hoax.
  • The coroavirus is going to kill hundreds of millions of people.

Another option? The coronavirus is real and it won’t kill hundreds of millions of people.

  • We have no choice but to put the entire population under house arrest, wear masks even when walking in the woods, and force every human being on earth to take an experimental vaccine made by Bill Gates and get a vaccination tattoo.
  • It’s just the flu, bro.

Another option? Quarantine the sick and vulnerable, not the healthy and low-risk. Rural areas can operate under different types of “social distancing” than a major metropolis like Chicago.

  • All governments, doctors and nurses are all in a giant conspiracy, headed by Bill Gates, to falsify coronavirus statistics and causes of death.
  • The statistics coming out of the media and medical establishment are almost completely accurate and the media and medical establishment are trustworthy.

Another option? The medical establishment has a vested, monetary interest in inflating coronavirus statistics but most individual doctors and nurses are doing their best to report accurately on the situation.

  • Covid-19 is caused by a biological weapon developed by China via the CRISPR technique.
  • SARS-CoV-2 is a naturally occurring virus.

Another option? SARS-CoV-2 is a bioweapon created by the United States, not via CRISPR, but via serial infections of different animals leading to natural mutations until an effective one develops.

  • The media is being unfair to Donald Trump, who is a competent and credible leader with our best interests at heart.
  • The media is being too soft on Donald Trump, who is a orange moron narcissist telling people to inject bleach into their veins.

Another option? The media is being ridiculously unfair to Donald Trump – an orange moron narcissist who cares for Israel more than America – and he never told anyone to inject bleach into their veins.

  • Everything is a conspiracy.
  • Nothing is a conspiracy.

Another option? Conspiracies and deception are endemic and commonplace not only in human societies, but even in the animal kingdom.

  • Science is bunk, viruses don’t cause infections, there is no global warming, and the earth is 6,000 years old.
  • Scientists and doctors are objective and are not subject to group-think, institutional bias, and are always honest. Anyone who disagrees is a toothless racist redneck Bible-thumping hick who doesn’t believe in science.

An alternative? The scientific method is the most utilitarian method humans have of establishing truth, and doctors and scientists are human beings with the same weaknesses and biases as anyone else, subject to group think and institutional agendas.

  • Eating packaged, highly-processed wheat-based products high in salt and corn syrup with a label that says “diet” will help you lose weight.
  • To lose weight you have to only avoid fatty foods.

Alternative? Carbs tend to make you fat, not fatty foods which actually satiate your appetite better than high carb foods.

  • A vegan diet is the only healthy diet.
  • Eating MacDonald cheeseburgers for every meal is fine.

Alternative? Veganism is an unhealthy diet for most Europeans and eating MacDonald cheeseburgers is also an unhealthy diet.

  • Hunter Wallace is an FBI agent.
  • Hunter Wallace is serious advocate for Southern nationalism and anyone who disagrees with him is a “stupid conspiracy theorist.”

Alternative? Hunter Wallace and his former partners like his personal friend Matt Heimbach are to varying degrees naive, stupid, and easily manipulated by the SPLC into discrediting their own cause with their clownish tactics and “Hitler salutes.”

  • Arabs did 9/11.
  • George Bush did 9/11 with holographic planes and energy beams.

Alternatives?

Also published at Banned Hipster

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