History Main / FourTermsFallacy

16th Jan '18 2:10:03 AM Cryoclaste
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* [[ZerothLawOfTropeExamples Shakespeare did it first.]] In ''Theatre/AsYouLikeIt'', Touchstone proves that Corin is going to hell because he's never been in court.

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* [[ZerothLawOfTropeExamples [[JustForFun/ZerothLawOfTropeExamples Shakespeare did it first.]] In ''Theatre/AsYouLikeIt'', Touchstone proves that Corin is going to hell because he's never been in court.
16th Dec '17 7:14:37 AM Bowtrain
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* Anadin pain pills used to be marketed with the slogan "Nothing acts faster than Anadin", prompting the zinger "So take nothing -- it's cheaper". [[spoiler: that's how homeopathy started. Hey-yo]]

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* Anadin pain pills used to be marketed with the slogan "Nothing acts faster than Anadin", prompting the zinger "So take nothing -- it's cheaper". [[spoiler: that's how homeopathy started. started--except for the cheaper part! Hey-yo]]
16th Dec '17 7:13:35 AM Bowtrain
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* Anadin pain pills used to be marketed with the slogan "Nothing acts faster than Anadin", prompting the zinger "So take nothing -- it's cheaper".

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* Anadin pain pills used to be marketed with the slogan "Nothing acts faster than Anadin", prompting the zinger "So take nothing -- it's cheaper". [[spoiler: that's how homeopathy started. Hey-yo]]
1st Nov '17 3:35:58 PM thatother1dude
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* Played for laughs in a ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}'' sketch about Rene Descartes (and a number of other jokes on the same topic): After Descarte makes his famous proposition that "I think, therefore I am." (i.e. if he can't think at all, he must exist), a cavalcade of distractions cause him to proclaim "I can't think!" (meaning he can't think ''clearly''), whereupon he disappears in a PuffOfLogic.

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* Played for laughs in a ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}'' sketch about Rene Descartes (and a number of other jokes on the same topic): After Descarte Descartes makes his famous proposition that "I think, therefore I am." (i.e. if "[[labelnote:Meaning]]If he can't can think at all, he must exist), exist.[[/labelnote]], a cavalcade of distractions cause him to proclaim "I can't think!" (meaning think!"[[labelnote:meaning]]He is not literally unable to think, he just can't think ''clearly''), ''clearly''.[[/labelnote]], whereupon he disappears in a PuffOfLogic.
1st Nov '17 3:33:41 PM thatother1dude
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* Played for laughs in a ''WesternAnimation/{{Hysteria}}'' sketch about Rene Descartes (and a number of other jokes on the same topic): After Descarte makes his famous proposition that "I think, therefore I am." (i.e. if he can't think at all, he must exist), a cavalcade of distractions cause him to proclaim "I can't think!" (meaning he can't think ''clearly''), whereupon he disappears in a PuffOfLogic.

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* Played for laughs in a ''WesternAnimation/{{Hysteria}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}'' sketch about Rene Descartes (and a number of other jokes on the same topic): After Descarte makes his famous proposition that "I think, therefore I am." (i.e. if he can't think at all, he must exist), a cavalcade of distractions cause him to proclaim "I can't think!" (meaning he can't think ''clearly''), whereupon he disappears in a PuffOfLogic.
1st Nov '17 3:32:48 PM thatother1dude
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* Played for laughs in a ''WesternAnimation/{{Hysteria}}'' sketch about Rene Descartes (and a number of other jokes on the same topic): After Descarte makes his famous proposition that "I think, therefore I mean" (i.e. if I can't think at all, he must exist), a cavalcade of distractions cause him to proclaim "I can't think!" (meaning he can't think ''clearly''), whereupon he disappears in a PuffOfLogic.

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* Played for laughs in a ''WesternAnimation/{{Hysteria}}'' sketch about Rene Descartes (and a number of other jokes on the same topic): After Descarte makes his famous proposition that "I think, therefore I mean" am." (i.e. if I he can't think at all, he must exist), a cavalcade of distractions cause him to proclaim "I can't think!" (meaning he can't think ''clearly''), whereupon he disappears in a PuffOfLogic.
1st Nov '17 3:32:16 PM thatother1dude
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* Played for laughs in a ''WesternAnimation/{{Hysteria}}'' sketch about Rene Descartes (and a number of other jokes on the same topic): After Descarte makes his famous proposition that "I think, therefore I mean" (i.e. if I can't think at all, he must exist), a cavalcade of distractions cause him to proclaim "I can't think!" (meaning he can't think ''clearly''), whereupon he disappears in a PuffOfLogic.
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6th Jun '17 1:55:52 PM Madrugada
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* Anadin pain pills used to be marketed with the slogan "Nothing acts faster than Anadin", prompting the zinger "So take nothing -- it's cheaper".



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* ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} expresses the philosophy. "If nobody is perfect, I must be nobody."
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** ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} has a similar philosophy. "If nobody is perfect, I must be nobody."
** Similarly, Anadin pain pills used to be marketed with the slogan "Nothing acts faster than Anadin", prompting the zinger "So take nothing -- it's cheaper".



* An old joke: When you drink, you get drunk. When you get drunk, you go to sleep. When you go to sleep, you commit no sin. When you commit no sin, you go to {{Heaven}}. So, let's all get drunk and go to Heaven! Which is inverted in [=DirecTV's=] Advertising/GetRidOfCable commercials that begin with [[CableSatelliteMudslinging some frustration pertaining to cable]], and follows up with an increasingly bizarre set of DisasterDominoes.

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* An old joke: When you drink, you get drunk. When you get drunk, you go to sleep. When you go to sleep, you commit no sin. When you commit no sin, you go to {{Heaven}}. So, let's all get drunk and go to Heaven! Which is inverted in [=DirecTV's=] Advertising/GetRidOfCable commercials that begin with [[CableSatelliteMudslinging some frustration pertaining to cable]], and follows up with an increasingly bizarre set of DisasterDominoes.



* Another commonly cited example:
-->All dogs have four legs.\\
My cat has four legs.\\
Therefore, my cat is a dog.



* In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0725.html this]] ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'', the Empress is committing the Four Terms fallacy by using "grown larger" in two different senses: Dragons that are more powerful have grown larger (as a result of age), so she thinks that if she grows larger (by eating more and getting fat) that she will also be more powerful. That's not the only fallacy involved in her reasoning, either.

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* In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0725.html this]] ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'', the Empress is committing the Four Terms fallacy by using "grown larger" in two different senses: Dragons that are more powerful have grown larger (as a result of age), so she thinks that if she grows larger (by eating more and getting fat) that she will also be more powerful. That's not the only fallacy involved in her reasoning, either.either; she's also committing FalseCause, by attributing power to size.



* Then there's the story about the parent who buys {{Hentai}} for their 10-year-old, only to return it in a rage to the store where they bought it, because in spite of the explicit picture on the front, and the ratings and warnings all over the box, reasoning that, [[AnimationAgeGhetto "It's a cartoon, and cartoons are for kids, so it must be kid-friendly!"]]

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* Then there's the story about the parent who buys {{Hentai}} for their 10-year-old, only to return it in a rage to the store where they bought it, because in spite of the explicit picture on the front, and the ratings and warnings all over the box, reasoning they reasoned that, [[AnimationAgeGhetto "It's a cartoon, animated, cartoons are animated, and cartoons are for kids, so it must be kid-friendly!"]]for kids!"]]
6th Jun '17 1:47:08 PM Madrugada
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* Comedian Creator/RichardJeni talks about when he learned about the syllogism in college in his ''Crazy from the Heat'' stand-up routine. God is love. Love is blind. Therefore, Music/RayCharles is God. Also, men are going bald, and they're from planet Earth. Women are not losing hair. Therefore, women are not from Earth.

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* Comedian Creator/RichardJeni talks about when he learned about the syllogism in college in his ''Crazy from the Heat'' stand-up routine. God is love. Love is blind. Therefore, Music/RayCharles is God. Also, men are going bald, and they're from planet Earth. Women are not losing hair. Therefore, women are not from Earth.
6th Jun '17 1:45:25 PM Madrugada
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* Comedian Creator/RichardJeni talks about when he learned about the syllogism in college in his ''Crazy from the Heat'' stand-up routine. God is love. Love is blind. Therefore, Music/RayCharles is God. Also, men are going bald, and they're from planet Earth. Women are not losing hair. Therefore, women are not from Earth.


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* Comedian Creator/RichardJeni talks about when he learned about the syllogism in college in his ''Crazy from the Heat'' stand-up routine. God is love. Love is blind. Therefore, Music/RayCharles is God. Also, men are going bald, and they're from planet Earth. Women are not losing hair. Therefore, women are not from Earth.
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