We've published a set of logical fallacies game prompts.

To be honest, I wasn't super keen on doing these because I think fallacies get a bit too much attention, but it felt like we should do something.

Happily, Kat, our resident linguist, has been working on it for a while and come up with a good approach.

The logical fallacies prompts sample a range of fallacy types, such as appeals (to authority, to popularity, to emotion), attacks (strawman, loaded questions, ad hominem), and deflection (appeal to hypocrisy, shifting the burden of proof, personal incredulity)

Some prompts group fallacies by theme (e.g. appealing, attacking, deflecting) while others provide a mix.

And they're all supported with example games, so you know what you're looking for when playing.

The game Gertrude, Master Negotiator, is an example of a deflecting fallacies game.

Even though we all use fallacies all the time, without noticing, trying to come up with them on demand is surprisingly difficult!

We think students will find these prompts challenging and fun, and fallacies games will provoke some good post-game discussion.

Find the Logical Fallacies game prompts here.

The fallacies game prompts are supported by a new Evaluating Reasoning topic in Writelike

If you want to play Frankenstories fallacies games (Frankenfallacies?) but aren't sure about all the definitions, we've added some notes to the Teaching Argument Writing with Frankenstories guide on Writelike.

We've situated fallacies within the broader theme of evaluating reasoning, and we'll expand this into a student-facing lesson in the not-too-distant future.

Teaching Argument Writing with Frankenstories has notes on all the fallacies used in the prompts, grouped by type.

Find the Evaluating Reasoning topic in Teaching Argument Writing with Frankenstories here.

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