A Thought Virus is like a computer virus but it infects the mind.
Protect your mind with awareness of how others try to manipulate you.
Common viruses listed below include cognitive bias, logical fallacies, propaganda, etc...
Please teach your friends and family how to protect their minds or we all suffer.
On the quest for truth, be aware of the following 50+ logical errors/fallacies. 
If you lack awareness, it is easy to be confused and misled into reaching false conclusions. 

Abusive Personal Attack: shifting attention away from facts by personally attacking the individual presenting the argument (IR-h1)
Ambiguity/Unclear Meaning: structuring the wording of a claim to create two or more possible meanings (UR-d1)
Analogy, Faulty: a comparison which is alike in some respects doesn't mean it is similar in other or all important respects (UR-e7)
Authority (Questionable/Irrelevant): using the opinion of an authority who may be unqualified in current field or biased (IP-a4)
Before Therefore Cause/ Post Hoc: assuming that if one event comes before another it is the cause of the second (IG-f6)
Black & White/Either-Or/False Dilemma: overlooking other answers by restricting choices (contraries as contradictions) (UR-e6)
Change Meaning of Word (Equivocation): shifting the meaning of a key word in an argument resulting in deception (UR-d4)
Circular Argument/True By Definition: using the conclusion as one of the premises (reassert conclusion without evidence) (UR-c1)
Cliché/Aphorism: covering for lack of evidence with cute phrase, parable, or story (IG-g4)
Composition (Parts to Whole): if each part has a quality the whole must have the same property (good players = good team) (UR-e1)
Compromise/Moderation/Golden Mean: assuming a moderate view is best because it is the middle or least offensive view (UR-e4)
Confusing Necessary & Sufficient Condition: meeting a necessary condition but not meeting all sufficient ones (IG-f2)
Distinction without Difference: attempting to distinguish from a similar losing argument with clever wording (UR-d3)
Diversion (Whole to Parts): if a whole has a property or quality then each part must also have it (good team = good player) (UR-e3)
Domino Effect/Slippery Slope: arguing against by linking a first decision with possible unproved negative future outcomes (IG-f3)
Double Standard/ Special Pleading: rule applies to you but it doesn't apply to me because of a poorly supported exception (IG-g7)
Evidence, Denying: refusing to seriously consider or acknowledge evidence which is opposition to claim (IR-i1)
Evidence, Ignoring / (1 Sided Assessment): ignoring negative evidence or omitting it as though it was not relevant (IR-i2)
Evidence, Omission: failing to include critical positive evidence which supports the claim being made (IG-g6)
Fake Precision/Unknowable Statistic: presenting mathematical precision or essentially unknowable statistics as fact (IG-g3)
False Hypothesis/Predict "if": stating as fact hypothetical claims about what would happen under different conditions (IG-g2)
False Opposites /Illicit Contrast (not P -> not Q): assuming an unstated related contrasting claim (UR-e10)
Flattery/Excessive Praise: providing praise or flattery instead of evidence (IP-b7)
Force/Threat/Intimidation: using intimidation or threat instead of presenting evidence or proper argument (IP-b1)
Gambler's Fallacy/False Probability: thinking past independent chance events effect the odds or probability of future events (IG-f4)
Generalization (Sweeping)/General Principle Misuse: assume no exceptions to general rule or use exception to disprove rule (UR-e9)
Guilt By Association: using a negative view of the company kept by an opponent instead of presenting evidence (IP-b5)
Humor/Ridicule: avoiding appropriate arguments by distracting with humor or attacking with ridicule (IR-j3)
Ignorance, Arguing From: stating a conclusion as true because it hasn't been proven false (or false because not proven true) (IG-g1)
Innuendo/Suggestion without Evidence: implicitly suggesting a claim without actually stating it (to discredit an argument) (UR-d2)
Is-Ought/Status Quo/Inertia: if it is done now, then it should continue or the reverse (if not done then don't start) (UR-e8)
Label, Inference from: using a label attached to a person or thing as a though it were a sufficient reason to reach a conclusion (IG-g5)
Leading Question: phrasing a question unfairly or in a biased manner to force desired answer (UR-c2)
Loaded-Complex Question: presenting assumptions/premises in a question which force acceptance regardless of the answer (UR-c3)
Neglect Multiple Cause /Common Cause: thinking one event causes another when both are actually effects of a separate cause (IG-f5)
Novelty/New Is Good: it is good just because it is different from the past (UR-e5)
Out Of Context/Improper Accent: shifting tone of voice to alter meaning of a quote or presenting it out of context (UR-d5)
Oversimplification: using insufficient factors to account for an event (IG-f1)
Past context Applied Now/Genetic: using evaluation from past context and applying it to present changed context (IP-a3)
Pity/Mercy: appealing for special treatment based on sympathy as a distraction from relevant evidence (IP-b3)
Poisoning The Well/Damning Source: attacking motives to discredit possible future points (suggesting lying/hidden agenda) (IR-h2)
Popular Opinion/Bandwagon/Polls/Everyone Does It: urging acceptance or rejection of an argument because many others do (IP-a1)
Rationalize/Believe Then Prove: (IP-a5)...hiding real reasons for a position with better sounding false/weak ones
Red Herring/Side Issue: attempting to divert attention from a weakness by presenting a distracting side issue (IR-j2)
Sample, Insufficient: reaching a conclusion about the whole population based on a sample that is too small (IG-g8)
Sample, Unrepresentative: using biased, exceptional, or an unrepresentative sample of a population to represent the whole (IG-g9)
Self Interest/Personal Circumstance: appealing to an opponent's personal interest or circumstance instead of a valid argument (IP-b2)
Small Difference Irrelevant/Continuum: thinking a small change in a sequence doesn't matter so there is no true cut off point (UR-e2)
Straw Man: distorting or misrepresenting an opponent's argument in order to make it easier to refute or attack (IR-j1)
Strong Feelings/Mob-Crowd Appeal: appealing to mass enthusiasm or popular opinion with no supporting evidence (IP-b6)
Tradition/Past is Best: appealing to reverence or respect for tradition to avoid presenting evidence (IP-b4)
Trivial Objection/Minor Point: attacking a minor point as though it was a major one (believing this defeats whole argument) (IR-j4)
Vague Expression: assigning a very specific meaning to an opponent's vague term and then attacking the interpretation (UR-d6)
Wrong Conclusion/Non-Sequitur: presenting evidence for one conclusion and then stating another (IP-a2)
You Do It To/Two Wrongs Make A Right: suggesting a position is reasonable because your opponent acts in a similar way (IR-h3)
(ver 9512 by HappyOtter)


.....(a) Irrelevance/Unrelatedness
.....(b) Emotional Appeal
.....(c) Begging the Question
.....(d) Linguistic Confusion
.....(e) Unwarranted Assumption
.....(f) Causal
.....(g) Missing Evidence
.....(h) Attacking the Person
.....(I) Counter Evidence
.....(j) Diversion

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