History Main / UndistributedMiddle

7th Jul '12 4:43:02 PM Madrugada
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:: This fallacy occurs when the middle term of a standard three-step syllogism is not distributed in either premise. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/3912.jpg This picture]] (from the main YouFailLogicForever page) is a case of undistributed middle. Using that image, "black and white" is the middle term, the term that appears in both premises; it is undistributed because neither premise refers to ''all'' things that are "black and white". Newspapers are black and white as well, and they are neither penguins nor old TV shows. "Things that are black and white" is the superset, and it contains many subsets that do not overlap at all. In casual use, undistributed middle can be hard to spot.

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:: This fallacy occurs when the middle term of a standard three-step syllogism is not distributed in either premise. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/3912.jpg This picture]] (from the main YouFailLogicForever page) is a case of undistributed middle. Using that image, "black and white" is the middle term, the term that appears in both premises; it is undistributed because neither premise refers to ''all'' things that are "black and white". Newspapers are black and white as well, and they are neither penguins nor old TV shows. "Things that are black and white" is the superset, and it contains many subsets that do not overlap at all. In casual use, undistributed middle can be hard to spot.
18th Mar '12 11:11:40 AM Nulono
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:: The point is not how "Liberal" and "Conservative" are defined, it's that at no point is it established that "''only'' Liberals want to raise taxes". Put another way, saying "All Liberals are people who want to raise taxes" is not the same as saying "All people who want to raise taxes are Liberals."

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:: The point is not how "Liberal" and "Conservative" are defined, defined; it's that at no point is it established that "''only'' Liberals want to raise taxes". Put another way, saying "All Liberals are people who want to raise taxes" is not the same as saying "All people who want to raise taxes are Liberals."
5th Jan '12 9:54:02 PM Specialist290
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:: The point is not how "Liberal" and "Conservative" are defined, it's that at no point is it established that "''only'' Liberals want to raise taxes".

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:: The point is not how "Liberal" and "Conservative" are defined, it's that at no point is it established that "''only'' Liberals want to raise taxes". Put another way, saying "All Liberals are people who want to raise taxes" is not the same as saying "All people who want to raise taxes are Liberals."
24th May '11 10:17:04 AM billybobfred
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19th Dec '10 3:37:45 PM poee
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--> Conservatives always want to raise taxes.
--> Alice says that she's a Liberal, but she also says that the sales tax needs to be raised.
--> She's lying about being a Liberal; she's really a Conservative.

:: The point is not how "Liberal" and "Conservative" are defined, it's that at no point is it established that "''only'' Conservatives want to raise taxes".

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--> Conservatives Liberals always want to raise taxes.
--> Alice says that she's a Liberal, Conservative, but she also says that the sales tax needs to be raised.
--> She's lying about being a Liberal; Conservative; she's really a Conservative.

Liberal.

:: The point is not how "Liberal" and "Conservative" are defined, it's that at no point is it established that "''only'' Conservatives Liberals want to raise taxes".
4th Aug '10 8:16:22 PM billybobfred
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:: This fallacy occurs when the middle term of a standard three-step syllogism is not distributed in either premise. The picture at the top of this page is a case of undistributed middle. Using that image, "black and white" is the middle term, the term that appears in both premises; it is undistributed because neither premise refers to ''all'' things that are "black and white". Newspapers are black and white as well, and they are neither penguins nor old TV shows. "Things that are black and white" is the superset, and it contains many subsets that do not overlap at all. In casual use, undistributed middle can be hard to spot.

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:: This fallacy occurs when the middle term of a standard three-step syllogism is not distributed in either premise. The picture at [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/3912.jpg This picture]] (from the top of this page main YouFailLogicForever page) is a case of undistributed middle. Using that image, "black and white" is the middle term, the term that appears in both premises; it is undistributed because neither premise refers to ''all'' things that are "black and white". Newspapers are black and white as well, and they are neither penguins nor old TV shows. "Things that are black and white" is the superset, and it contains many subsets that do not overlap at all. In casual use, undistributed middle can be hard to spot.
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