What is a Logical Fallacy?
A Logical Fallacy is an invalid argument that relies on emotional tricks rather than sound logic. Many logical fallacies feel and sound persuasive, and they can be especially destructive when used in meetings. Some people use fallacies intentionally in their efforts to persuade others to agree with them. (This is especially common in politics.) Meeting leaders can help combat the impact of logical fallacies by:
- Educating themselves and others on how to recognize logical fallacies (See the poster linked below).
- Establishing decision-making criteria
- Creating guiding structures for leading sensitive or controversial discussions