The Ethical Skeptic

Challenging Agency of Pseudo-Skepticism & Cultivated Ignorance

The Tree of Knowledge Obfuscation


TOKO Button 5The 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:

“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

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We homeschool and I’m thinking this could be quite useful when our children reach middle/high school and we are covering logic.


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Terry B

Ethical Skeptic, I suppose I don’t have to be the one to tell you how friggin’ good this list is. Please do not take this down, as I would like to link to it on a regular basis. I would suggest a fallacy, or whatever is the right way to call it, where a pseudo sceptic is trying to make themself look good by being overly aggressive in arguing? Is that covered here? Like a show of intimidation?


The Ethical Skeptic

Terry, there are several which relate to this line of personal critical blindness or bias, in Misrepresentation of Self (Appeal to Skepticism), notably: Compositional Exclusion, Ergo Sum Veritas, Ergo Sum Scientia, Delusion of Superiority, to name a few. Glad you like the list. It is both a page here, where you commented, and a post as well so that it gets maximum exposure – and the fact that some people link, as you are intending here, back to the original post, posted before I made it a page because of its popularity. Have at it – it will always be… Read more »


Is there a Delusion of Adequacy fallacy? I think that’s most of medicine;).

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