The Tree of Knowledge Obfuscation


The following is The Ethical Skeptic’s list, useful in spotting both formal and informal logical fallacies, cognitive biases, statistical broaches and styles of crooked thinking on the part of those in the Social Skepticism movement.

The TOKO is categorized by employment groupings so that it can function as a context appropriate resource in a critical review of an essay, imperious diatribe or publication by a thought-enforcing organization or entity.

To assist this, we have comprised the list inside an intuitive taxonomy of ten contextual categories of mischaracterization/misrepresentation:

You don’t grasp the beauty of the destruction of words.
Do you know that Newspeak is the only language in the world whose vocabulary gets smaller every year?

Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?
In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.

~ 1984, George Orwell

Over 3,000 Fallacies, Errors and Methods of Crooked Thinking
Grouped by Category of Misrepresentation


The Ethical Skeptic, “The Tree of Knowledge Obfuscation”; The Ethical Skeptic, WordPress, 2 Nov 2009; Web,

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Katharyn Fountayne

I can’t even believe how magnificent and beautiful your work is…. I just found you through the recommendation of J. C. Couey. .. this is the most amazing site….

Taliesin Ward

Did you create this infographic yourself?
If so, kudos man it is very impressive and now my desktop wallpaper.

The Ethical Skeptic

LOL!! Yes, 70% of the fallacies have been noted from my career managing science labs and in economics, trade and engineering. The tree graphic I created while watching American football yesterday. Thanks! :)

Katharyn Fountayne

I want it on my real wall.