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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. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/fallacious-trump/donations

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. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/fallacious-trump/donations

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United Kingdom

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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. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/fallacious-trump/donations

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English


Episodes

Alleged Certainty - FT#50

5/24/2020
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 Fallacy in the Wild, we check out examples from Bee Movie, Singing in the Rain and Muppets Most Wanted. Jim and Mark go head to head in Fake...

Duration:01:20:54

Historical Fallacy - FT#49

5/11/2020
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 from Knowing and climate change denier Patrick Michaels. Jim and Mark go head to head in Fake News, the game in which Mark has to guess which...

Duration:01:21:27

No True Scotsman - FT#48

4/28/2020
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 head in a very easy game of Fake News, the game in which Mark has to guess which of three Trump quotes Jim made up. Then we discuss why antibody...

Duration:01:17:34

Rhetorical Question Fallacy - FT#47

4/12/2020
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 check out examples from Glenn Beck, South Park and Twin Peaks. Jim and Mark go head to head in Fake News, the game in which Mark has to guess...

Duration:01:15:49

Hedging - FT#46

3/29/2020
In the forty-sixth episode we explore the Hedging Fallacy, starting with Trump lying about always knowing it was a pandemic, and then lying about Google's coronavirus website. In Mark's British Politics Corner we look at lots of Tories lying about the £350 million they promised the NHS and then Priti Patel backtracking on the importance of low-skilled workers. In the Fallacy in the Wild, we check out examples from When Harry Met Sally... and Dallas. Jim and Mark go head to head in Fake...

Duration:01:11:21

Appeal to Flattery - FT#45

3/15/2020
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 for him with some environmental protesters. In the Fallacy in the Wild, we check out examples from a L'Oreal advert, South Park, and...

Duration:01:19:38

Wrong Tool Fallacy - FT#44

3/3/2020
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 his high-school history against an actual expert. In the Fallacy in the Wild, we check out examples from a homeopath, some Young Earth...

Duration:01:21:23

Nirvana Fallacy - FT#43

2/18/2020
In the forty-third episode we explore the Nirvana Fallacy, starting with Trump lying about the Iran nuclear deal. In Mark's British Politics Corner we look at Nigel Farage complaining that the perfect version of Brexit wasn't happening. In the Fallacy in the Wild, we check out examples from Penn and Teller, and Chapo Trap House host Will Menaker, and Jim rants a little bit about Bernie Bros. Jim and Mark go head to head in a special State of the Union version of Fake News, the game in...

Duration:01:11:40

Ad Hominem Circumstantial - FT#42

1/30/2020
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 the Wild, we check out examples from Ali G and Futurama. Jim and Mark go head to head in Fake News, the game in which Mark has to guess which of...

Duration:01:14:37

Faulty Analogy - FT#41

1/19/2020
In the forty-first episode we explore the Faulty Analogy fallacy, starting with Trump talking about running the country like a business, comparing growth figures with China and suggesting we ban cars. In Mark's British Politics Corner we look at Ivan Lewis not calling a by-election and Boris Johnson talking nonsense about lobsters. In the Fallacy in the Wild, we check out examples from The Simpsons, Friends, and abstinence only sex-education. Jim and Mark go head to head in Fake News, the...

Duration:01:18:43

Texas Sharpshooter - FT#40

1/15/2020
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 different takes on the same data.. In the Fallacy in the Wild, we check out examples from Numb3rs and Derren Brown, and also talk about an XKCD...

Duration:01:18:31

Invincible Ignorance - FT#39

12/22/2019
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 agreements are the best, and Nicky Morgan and Matt Hancock failing the math on new nurses. In the Fallacy in the Wild, we check out examples from South...

Duration:01:16:35

Shifting the Burden of Proof - FT#38

12/9/2019
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 research. In the Fallacy in the Wild, we check out examples from Luther, Christopher Hitchens and Bertrand Russell. Jim and Mark go head to head in a...

Duration:01:12:18

Counterfactual Fallacy - FT#37

11/25/2019
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 if Brexit votes had gone differently. In the Fallacy in the Wild, we check out examples from Friends, Steven Spielberg, and Pete Townshend. Jim...

Duration:01:18:17

Equivocation - FT#36

11/5/2019
In the thirty-sixth episode we explore Equivocation, starting with examples from Mick Mulvaney talking about Ukraine, and Trump tweeting about Hillary and The Failing New York Times. In Mark's British Politics Corner we look at Lisa Nandy talking to radio host Mike Graham about Brexit. In the Fallacy in the Wild, we check out examples from Alice in Wonderland, Monty Python and Abbott and Costello. Jim and Mark go head to head in a game of Fake News, the game where Mark has to guess which...

Duration:01:10:15

Begging the Question - FT#35

10/23/2019
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 Simpsons. Jim and Mark go head to head in a game of Fake News, the game where Mark has to guess which of three Trump quotes Jim made up. Then we...

Duration:01:08:24

Appeal to Fear - FT#34

10/8/2019
In the thirty-fourth episode we explore the Appeal to Fear, starting with examples from Trump talking about sanctuary cities, Muslims and Civil War. In Mark's British Politics Corner we look at Priti Patel using scare tactics to warn people about Labour, and Boris Johnson having his cake and eating it. In the Fallacy in the Wild, we check out examples from Arrested Development, Mean Girls and The Simpsons. Jim and Mark go head to head in a game of Fake News, the game where Mark has to...

Duration:01:13:58

Fear and Moving in Suffolk (Bonus Episode)

9/23/2019
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 part of the way through Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/fallacious-trump/donations

Duration:00:33:30

Red Herring - FT#33

9/8/2019
In the thirty-third episode we explore the Red Herring Fallacy, starting with examples from Trump claiming he'll knock the hell out of Isis to distract from the pussy grabbing tape and then insulting a Gold Star family. In Mark's British Politics Corner we look at Boris Johnson using an actual smoked herring as a red herring, and then not answering a question in creative ways. In the Fallacy in the Wild, we check out examples from Family Guy and The Simpsons. Jim and Mark go head to head...

Duration:01:08:13

Appeal to Force - FT#32

8/25/2019
In the thirty-second episode we explore the Appeal to Force Fallacy, starting with examples from Trump reminding people how tough his followers are and then threatening unnecessary Senate investigations in an attempt to avoid being investigated himself. In Mark's British Politics Corner we look at Nigel Farage equating the fight for Brexit with a real fight, and Jeremy Corbyn invoking Percy Shelley to get the masses fired up. In the Fallacy in the Wild, we check out examples from Star Wars...

Duration:01:10:20