Tag Archive: LSAT fallacies

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Logical Reasonings / 10.2.12

A) Not every law school is struggling. KU saw a 19 percent increase in applications. LJ World.

B) Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is now using LSAT fallacies to back his pro-gay marriage argument. Twin Cities.

C) A Michigan State math class gets a little interesting after its professor suffers a nude mental breakdown. HyperVocal.

D) Oh, look. David Blaine’s doing something stupid again. New York Times.

E) Even if you don’t like orchestra music, you’ll enjoy this performance. Actually, you’ll like it especially if you don’t like orchestra music. YouTube.

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Todd Akin: An LSAT Equivocation Fallacy in Action

I don’t think there’s a single person out there with an internet connection or television who hasn’t heard of Missouri Rep. Todd Akin’s stunning comments concerning pregnancy and rape. (Here they are, in case you just woke up from a coma.) Not only does it evince a belief in junk science (which, unsurprisingly, is also reflected in his disbelief in global warming), but it gives us a hint into how his flawed thinking on the subject developed.

First off, after being disavowed by the entire Republican Party, Akin was quick to point out that he misspoke, and he actually meant to say ‘forcible rape.’ As any LSAT prep student can attest, that’s a straight up equivocation fallacy; he treated two words as meaning the same thing, when they actually don’t. When a lot of your job is choosing the right word at the right time, it’s problematic enough that you can’t use the right word. But what’s even more scary is the implications of his equivocation.

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Logical Reasonings / 5.9.12

A) Barack Obama is the first President to publicly endorse same-sex marriage. ABC News.

B) LSAT fallacy alert: Does Mark Zuckerberg’s casual business attire mean he doesn’t care? CNN.

C) Read about one man’s terrifying week-long journey using Bing instead of Google. Slate.

D) Orangutans are just like people. (The younger ones dig iPads.) CBS.

E) These .GIFs have something to say about Obama endorsing same-sex marriage. Tumblr.

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Logical Reasonings / 4.24.12

A) Eight out of ten dentists agree: One in five New York law school graduates are finding jobs at small law firms. Law.

B) If you haven’t learned about LSAT fallacies in your LSAT prep class yet, here’s a fallacious taste. Your Logical Fallacy Is.

C) Hulett “Bucky” Askew and his bow tie are stepping down as the American Bar Association’s law school watchdog. National Law Journal.

D) The Florida Supreme Court will consider whether or not illegal immigrants should be allowed to practice law. Meanwhile, the Arizona Supreme Court said it would like to see the Florida Supreme Court’s papers. MSNBC.

E) Know how pizza chains are always unveiling some new gimmick pie — usually having something to do with the crust? Pizza Hut Middle East has taken it to a whole new level. Eater.

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Viva Las Vegas: The City of LSAT Flaws

I recently spent a few days in Vegas. What I learned was that, while what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, what happens in Vegas will also cause you to score poorly on the LSAT. Sin City is also the City of LSAT flaws.

VEGAS LSAT FLAW NO. 1: EXCLUSIVITY

While walking down the Strip, I was propositioned by a very nice, and I’m sure completely disease-free, lady of the night. When I politely declined her invitation to do something referred to as the ‘Chicago Slough,’ she questioned my sexual orientation.

No, Felicẻ, there are plenty of reasons I might decline your offer. Maybe I’m in a committed relationship. Maybe you’re just not my type. Maybe I don’t like paying for sex.

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Logical Reasonings / 12.19.11

A) Get graphy with a look at the common LSAT fallacy “correlation versus causation.” Graph Jam.

B) Interested in immigration law in New York? Good. They need your help. New York Times.

C) Supply and demand also affects law schools, for better or worse. Above the Law.

D) It’s a busy week in the legal world. Here’s your itinerary. Wall Street Journal.

E) Kim Jong-Il died. Time to take a look at the tall tale life of a not tall dictator. Matador.

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Tackling Some LSAT Fallacies in the NFL

Watching the NFL can be an annoying pastime for anyone familiar with the LSAT. Commentators, prognosticators and whoever Frank Caliendo is portraying that week can’t help but make fallacious leaps and bounds in their analysis and predictions. Sometimes it’s as complicated as “Team A will beat Team B because Team A beat Team C and Team C beat Team B,” and sometimes it’s as simple as “Team A will beat Team B because Team B stinks.” We as fans are just as guilty of this kind of erroneous logic.

That’s why I thought it would be fun to take a look around the league and apply some of Blueprint’s flaw types — like a Super Bowl of LSAT silliness. So let’s kick it off:

Chatter amongst NFL commentators indicates that the majority of fans believe Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is the best player in the league.

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LSAT in Real Life: Weiner Phallus-cies

Did you hear about Congressman Weiner?

Okay, so if we were the New York Times, CNN, or David Letterman, we would be a little late on the Anthony Weiner sexting and tweeting scandal. We’re an LSAT test prep company. The fact that we’re making crotch jokes to illustrate real LSAT concepts deserves some sort of street cred from the blogosphere, doesn’t it? We know that before class begins, most students have a lot of anxiety, and very little accurate information about what the LSAT really tests. Make no mistake, it’s a difficult exam. It’s also a very learnable exam, and we firmly believe that the next three months don’t have to be a drag. Today, I will cover three of the most commonly tested logical fallacies on the LSAT, all within the context of a disgraced congressman’s bulging embarrassment.

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Charlie Sheen: Oh the LSAT Fallacies

It’s important to keep up with the latest developments in the world, but we also need a break. That’s where my man Chuck Sheen comes in to save the day. Mr. Sheen is a proud alumni of the high school I attended, and I feel compelled to follow up on any developments to make sure us local Santa Monicans are doing all right. Plus, the details of Charlie Sheen’s absurd shenanigans provide entertainment, as well as LSAT enlightenment, for us all.

As you study for an exam that tests your ability to reason and to recognize formal logic, Chuck’s “high jinks” can also provide you with immaculate, untainted examples of fallacious reasoning in their purest form. Here are a few: