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# What are some examples of syllogism?

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One classic example of a syllogism is "All men are mortal. Socrates is a man. Socrates is mortal." A syllogism is a logical argument that forms a set of three conclusions with the first two conclusions justifying the third.

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Because syllogism relies on three different components to prove a supposed truth, the third conclusion can be true or false. For example, a syllogism can prove something that is true: "All dogs are mammals. A beagle is a dog. A beagle is a mammal." But a syllogism can also show faulty logic. For example: "Sharks kill people. A whale shark is a shark. Whale sharks kill people." This is, of course, not true. Whale sharks are peaceful toward humans; they don't even have teeth. But, this shows the logical thought process that can go into justifying a false belief.

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An example of an invalid argument is: "All ceilings are attached to walls. All doors are attached to walls. Therefore, all doors are ceilings." An example of a valid but unsound argument is: "All dogs are green. Anything that is green is a fish. Therefore, all dogs are fish."

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An example of deductive reasoning is: "All oranges are fruit, all fruits grow on trees, therefore all oranges grow on trees." A mathematical example of deductive reasoning is: "If one equals two and two equals three, then one equals three."

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An example of a biased question is, "It's OK to smoke around other people as long as they don't mind, right?" or "Is your favorite color red?" A question that favors a particular response is an example of a biased question.

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An example of the contradictory premises fallacy is a pastor telling his congregation God is so powerful he possesses the power to do anything, including make a mountain so heavy that even God himself can't lift it. Another example is, "This is a false statement."