Faulty Reasoning Example #1
"Why are you wearing a pink Boa?" I asked Dexter one morning.
"My favorite player, Kobe," he explained, "says that pink boas are the next big fashion statement."
"Is this Kobe guy a fashion expert?"
"Then why are you taking fashion advice from him?"
"Because he's my favorite player. That's why I drink Sprite and hate Colorado too. If Kobe says it, it must be true!"
I explained to Dexter that he had fallen victim to faulty reasoning. Advertisers use testimonials of famous people who are an expert in one area to endorse a product in an area in which they are not an expert. He ripped off the pink boa, threw away his Sprite, booked a ski vacation in Colorado, and asked me to explain more types of reasoning to him. I shared with him the following examples of faulty reasoning: