Yesterday on her Tweak Your Slides blog Chiara Ojeda posted about Infographic Candy: David McCandless’s Rhetological Fallacies. That wonderful infographic on rhetoric from Information is Beautiful is divided into six sections covering: Appeals to the Mind, Appeals to Emotions, Faulty Deduction, Garbled Cause & Effect, Manipulating Content, and On the Attack.
The very first entry under Appeal to the Mind discusses appealing to anonymous authority. That reminded me of the following phony but hilarious video advertisement for Skepticism® from Shut Up Infinity.
One of the items discussed in their handy Phrase Book is:
“When you say ‘studies have shown’, could you please specify which ones.”