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Jim and Mark use the insane ramblings of a tiny-handed narcissist to explain logical fallacies. Each episode we focus on a single logical fallacy and, using examples from Trump, UK politics and pop culture, explore how and why it fools people, how to avoid committing it yourself, and how to counter it in an argument. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
 
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In the fifty-eighth episode we explore the Argument by Gibberish, starting with Trump talking nonsense about Obamacare and economic plans. In Mark's British Politics Corner we look at the drivel Matt Hancock talks about coronavirus tests. In the Fallacy in the Wild, we check out examples from Spies Like Us, Peter Sellers, a toothpaste ad and Billy …
 
In the fifty-seventh episode Jim and special guest host Chris (Mark's away this week) explore the Politician's Fallacy, starting with Trump explaining his motivations for the China tariffs and the Muslim ban. In Chris' British Politics Corner we look at Brexit. In the Fallacy in the Wild, we check out examples from Yes Minister and the world of Bri…
 
In the fifty-sixth episode we explore the Accelerating Truth Fallacy, starting with Trump claiming Robert Mueller really wanted to be his FBI Director. In Mark's British Politics Corner we look at the media's approach to a recent invasion of the UK by a few people in a rubber dinghy. In the Fallacy in the Wild, we check out examples from a BBC docu…
 
In the fifty-fifth episode we explore the Base Rate Fallacy, starting with Trump boasting that the police kill loads of white people and falsely claiming he rebuilt the military. In Mark's British Politics Corner we look at Boris Johnson and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez arguing about who's more coronavirusy. In the Fallacy in the Wild, we c…
 
In the fifty-fourth episode we explore the Appeal to Ridicule, starting with Trump asking if he should tell the FBI every time he talks to the Queen, and claiming Biden is anti-windows. In Mark's British Politics Corner we look at Matt Hancock laughing instead of answering a question. In the Fallacy in the Wild, we check out examples from Dave Gorm…
 
In the fifty-third episode we explore the Appeal to the Law, starting with Trump and Giuliani claiming that paying off Stormy Daniels and colluding with Russia were both fine because there's no law against it. Then we heard Louie Gohmert using a child's excuse for disrupting a Congressional hearing. In Mark's British Politics Corner we look at Domi…
 
In the fifty-second episode we explore the Overextended Outrage Fallacy, starting with Trump attacking immigrants, and following that up with Trump attacking protesters. In Mark's British Politics Corner we look at Priti Patel's outrage over statues being destroyed. In the Fallacy in the Wild, we check out examples from X Men, Star Trek: Picard, an…
 
In the fifty-first episode we explore the Argument by Rhyme Fallacy, inspired by Trump's "When the looting starts, the shooting starts" tweet. Then we hear some more fun with words from Trump and Kellyanne Conway. In Mark's British Politics Corner we look at the Boris's rhetorical devices which Boris is convinced make him sound like Churchill. In t…
 
In the fiftieth (yay!) episode we explore the Alleged Certainty Fallacy, starting with Trump claiming that everyone knows what crimes Obama committed. Then we hear 50 other things everyone knows according to Trump. In Mark's British Politics Corner we look at the government attempting to explain how Staying Alert is better than Staying Home. In the…
 
In the forty-ninth episode we explore the Historical Fallacy, starting with Tucker Carlson claiming that since we flattened the curve, the lockdowns weren't necessary. In Mark's British Politics Corner we look at Boris Johnson claiming success and telling everyone how much worse it could have been. In the Fallacy in the Wild, we check out examples …
 
In the forty-eighth episode we explore the No True Scotsman Fallacy, starting with Trump calling Republicans who disagree with him RINOs. In Mark's British Politics Corner we look at Ken Clarke being accused of not being a Conservative. In the Fallacy in the Wild, we check out examples from The Simpsons and Bill O'Reilly. Jim and Mark go head to he…
 
In the forty-seventh episode we explore the Rhetorical Question Fallacy, starting with Trump accusing healthcare workers of theft, and then impugning the integrity of a judge. In Mark's British Politics Corner we look at Boris attacking Jeremy Corbyn and Nigel Farage asking why we're really staying indoors right now. In the Fallacy in the Wild, we …
 
In the forty-fifth episode we explore the Appeal to Flattery Fallacy, starting with Trump tweeting compliments about the Prime Minister of Sweden and then lying to his supporters about how smart they are. In Mark's British Politics Corner we look at Boris Johnson flattering the people who voted for him and then his father Stanley Johnson covering f…
 
In the forty-fourth episode we explore the Wrong Tool Fallacy, starting with Trump using the Dow Jones as a measure of the entire economy and Jared Kushner using number of pages as a measure of the quality of his Middle East peace plan. In Mark's British Politics Corner we look at the very concept of democracy itself, and then watch Arron Banks pit…
 
In the forty-second episode we explore the Ad Hominem Circumstantial fallacy, starting with Trump tweeting about John Bolton's book and lying about Democrats wanting the wall. In Mark's British Politics Corner we look at Boris Johnson being confronted in a hospital and David Cameron lying about getting a letter from Ed Milliband In the Fallacy in t…
 
In the fortieth episode we explore the Texas Sharpshooter fallacy, starting with Trump talking about new job numbers, claiming he intended the UN to laugh at him, and tweeting the only good metric from a very bad poll. In Mark's British Politics Corner we look at the post hoc claims of YouGov's polling methodology, and rival recruiting firms' very …
 
Merry Impeachmas! In the thirty-ninth episode we explore Invincible Ignorance, starting with examples from Trump talking about climate change and the Central Park 5 before hearing from some of his supporters on the importance of reading the transcript. In Mark's British Politics Corner we look at Tory MPs convinced that terrible withdrawal agreemen…
 
In the thirty-eighth episode we explore Shifting the Burden of Proof, starting with examples from Trump tweeting about fraudulent votes and then talking about drones shot down near Iran. In Mark's British Politics Corner we look at Boris Johnson and Michael Gove dodging reporters questions and Jo Swinson suggesting the reporter go and do the resear…
 
In the thirty-seventh episode we explore the Counterfactual Fallacy, starting with examples from Trump talking about hypothetical wars with North Korea, and the terrible economy that would have happened if he hadn't won the election. In Mark's British Politics Corner we look at Boris Johnson and David Cameron talking about what would have happened …
 
In the thirty-fifth episode we explore Begging the Question, starting with examples from Trump talking about fake news, the Democratic debates and the Emmys. In Mark's British Politics Corner we look at Stephen Barclay and Sajid Javid's claims about the new Brexit deal. In the Fallacy in the Wild, we check out examples from Porridge and The Simpson…
 
Jim's moving house this week, so we thought you might like a free episode of our bonus series where we talk about Bob Woodward's book Fear: Trump in the White House. Enjoy - and we'll be back with a regular episode in two weeks. PS: Mark's microphone had a bit of a problem during this episode, so apologies for the slight reduction in sound quality …
 
In the thirty-first episode we explore the Traitorous Critic Fallacy, starting with an example from Trump making excuses for his racist tweets. In Mark's British Politics Corner we look at a Question Time audience member telling off an MP, and Noel Gallagher telling off the 'remoaners'. In the Fallacy in the Wild, we check out examples from The Off…
 
In the thirtieth episode we explore the Argument from Antiquity, with examples from Trump on wheels, walls and steam catapults, and KellyAnne Conway on the Census. In Mark's British Politics Corner we look at Boris Johnson rewriting the history of the British Empire, and Jeremy Corbyn's fans cherry picking his own history. In the Fallacy in the Wil…
 
In the twenty-ninth episode we explore the Argument from Personal Incredulity, with examples from Trump on The Washington Post's sources and his own accomplishments. In Mark's British Politics Corner we look at Boris Johnson on being rude to the the French and Theresa May walking on glaciers. In an eclectic Fallacy in the Wild, we check out example…
 
In the twenty-seventh episode we explore the Single Cause Fallacy, with examples from Trump tweeting about the stock market, and blaming violent video games for the Parkland shooting. In Mark's British Politics Corner we look at four parties explaining their results in the European elections, and hear Nigel Farage defend himself against Hillary Cli…
 
In the twenty-fourth episode we explore the Ignoratio Elenchi Fallacy, with examples from Trump talking about Charlottesville and impeachment. In Mark's British Politics Corner we look at Theresa May avoiding a question about NHS funding and Michael Howard avoiding a question about Prisons. In The Fallacy in the Wild, we check out examples from Sim…
 
In the twenty-third episode we explore the Poisoning the Well Fallacy, with examples from Trump talking about Democrats, Mueller's team of angry Democrats, and election rigging (by Democrats). In Mark's British Politics Corner we look at Theresa May turning on her own MPs, and Iain Duncan Smith calling Jeremy Corbyn a Marxist who supports Maduro. I…
 
This is a special episode inspired by a Twitter conversation. It's only 20 minutes and has none of the usual sections, so the notes below are simply links to things I talked about in the episode. The twitter conversation that inspire this bonus episode. Trump's tweet about executing babies: Senate Democrats just voted against legislation to prevent…
 
In the twenty-second episode we explore the Cherry Picking Fallacy, with examples from Trump talking about unemployment, poverty and those violent illegal immigrants. In Mark's British Politics Corner we look at both sides claiming a kind of victory in the 2017 general election, and, of course, Brexit. In The Fallacy in the Wild, we check out examp…
 
In the twentieth episode we explore the Hyperbolic Fallacy, with examples from Trump talking about his great memory and a selection of the things that he's the best in the world at. In Mark's British Politics Corner we look at Liam Fox being over optimistic about Brexit and Boris Johnson choosing an unfortunate adjective. In The Fallacy in the Wild…
 
In the nineteenth episode we explore the Lying with Statistics Fallacy, with examples from Trump tweeting about illegal immigration and comments from the State of the Union on women in the workforce and women being assaulted while migrating. In Mark's British Politics Corner we look at Theresa May lying about the Welsh NHS. In The Fallacy in the Wi…
 
In the eighteenth episode we are really excited to be joined by Michael Marshall from the podcasts Skeptics With A K and Be Reasonable and the Good Thinking Society. In this episode we explore the Argument from Ignorance Fallacy, with examples from Trump talking about voter fraud and Ted Cruz's father. In Mark's British Politics Corner we look at B…
 
In the seventeenth episode we explore the Guilt By Association Fallacy, with examples from Trump talking about NAFTA and Don Jr tweeting about CNN. In Mark's British Politics Corner we look at David Cameron calling Jeremy Corbyn a terrorist sympathiser. In The Fallacy in the Wild, we check out examples from King of the Hill, Monty Python and the Ho…
 
In the sixteenth episode we explore the Argument from Authority Fallacy, with examples from Trump talking about Tom Brady and the National Enquirer. In Mark's British Politics Corner we look at Paloma Faith's views on Brexit and Boris Johnson's views on niqābs. In The Fallacy in the Wild, we check out examples from Dinosaurs, Fox News talking about…
 
In the thirteenth episode we explore Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc, with examples from Trump talking about how he singlehandedly stopped planes crashing, while Obama was responsible for thousands of deaths in Chicago. In Mark's UK Politics Corner we look at Boris Johnson's claims about the legacy of the London Olympics, and Paul Nuttall's theory on imm…
 
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