You Are Wrong Because: Disneyland Edition!
Originally developed by Dilbert creator Scott Adams, This handy list will help you point out errors in peoples arguments. They have been slightly altered to fit into the Mice Chat Disneyland thread world. If someone gives a very bad argument, just give them this form:
For your convenience, I have circled the brain malfunction(s) that most closely resemble(s) the one(s) you recently made on the topic of (fill in topic)______
1. Amazingly Bad Analogy
Example: If I can make computer games at home, then Disney should be able to update Star Tours.
2. Faulty Cause and Effect
Example: On the basis of my observations, riding in an electric scooter makes you fat.
3. I Am The World
Example: I donít like Soariní Over California. Therefore, Soariní Over California is not a popular attraction.
4. Ignoring Everything Science Knows About The Brain.
Example: People chose to be obese/gay/alcoholic because they prefer the lifestyle.
5. The Few Are The Same As The Whole
Example: Some AP holders donít like DCA, Some AP holders go to DCA on a regular basis. Therefore, AP holders are hypocrites.
6. Generalizing From Self.
Example: Iíve never been to Disneyland, therefore you canít possible know what your talking about.
7. Argument By Bizarre Definition
Example: They arenít line jumpers, they just move ahead of people in the line to get on in front of other people.
8. Total Logical Disconnect
Example: Strollers are bad because I like watching parades.
9. Judging Things Without Comparison To Alternatives
Example: Churros are the most healthy food in the world.
10. Anything You Donít Understand Is Easy To Do.
Example: If you have the right tools, how hard could it be to build an interactive rollercoaster with multiple tracks and special AA effects?
11. Ignorance Of Statistics
Example: Someone died at Disneyland? Disneyland is not a safe place to be!
12. Ignoring The Downside Risk
Example: I know that standing up on Splash Mountain could kill me, but itís three seconds of great fun!
13. Substituting Famous Quotes For Common Sense
Example: ďGood things come to those who wait.Ē So you shouldnít get a fast pass.
14. Irrelevant Comparisons
Example: Three hundred dollars is too expensive for an AP, compared to buying a bag of M&Ms.
15. Circular Reasoning
Example: DCA sucks because I donít like it. Why donít I like it? Because it sucks.
16. Incompleteness As Proof Of Defect
The rumors of the People Mover Donít include my idea for a water park, therefore they must all be wrong.
17. Ignoring The Advice Of Experts Without A Good Reason.
Example: Sure, the experts say you should drink water to avoid dehydration, but I have my own theory.
18. Following The Advice Of Known Idiots.
Example: Jim Hill thinks AP holders are bad for Disneyland? I better not buy one then.
19. Reaching Bizarre Conclusions Without Any Information
Example: The jungle cruse broke down. Iím certain that someone must have jumped overboard and died.
20. Faulty Pattern Recognition
Example: I know that twenty people gave this same argument, with the same twenty replies, but perhaps if I say it againÖ.
21. Failure To Recognize Whatís Important
Example: All the food and beverage people in Disneyland quit? Iíd better bring a sandwich.
22. Unclear On The Concept of Sunk Costs
Example: Disney has spent millions of dollars on the mighty morphing power rangers. If they donít build a ride off of it then theyíve wasted all that money.
23. Over Application of Occamís Razor (The simplest explanation is usually right)
Example: The reason people donít go to DCA is that there is nothing to do there.
24. Ignoring All Anecdotal Evidence
Example: Every time I ride Tower of Terror, I feel like Iím floating, but without a controlled scientific experiment I won Ďt believe it.
25. Inability to Understand That Some Things Have Multiple Causes
Example: The reason the Remember: dreams come true fireworks show is crowded is only because they put projected effects on the castle.
26. Judging The Whole By One Of Its Characteristics
Example: Itís boring to wait in line for Autopia. Therefore, Disneyland would be better if Autopia was removed.
27. Blinding Flashes Of The Obvious
Example: If Disney built more rides, then there would be more stuff to do.
28. Blaming The Tool
Example: I went to DCA but I didnít have any fun. Something is wrong with DCA.
29. Hallucinations Of Reality
Example: I have it from a ďgood sourceĒ that Disney is going to tear down The Haunted Mansion to make way for a lemonade stand.
30. Taking Things To Their Illogical Conclusion
Example: If Disney lets people in wheelchairs get special access to some rides, the next thing you know they will have taken over the world.
31. Failure To Understand Why Rules Donít Have Exceptions
Example: Disney should edit out inappropriate pictures on Splash Mountain unless they can make more money off of it.
32. Proof By Lack Of Evidence
Example: Iíve never seen you at Disneyland, therefore you must hate Disney.
33. Outright Lies
Example: My uncle designed Indiana Jones and told me that there are several real human skulls there. One of them is my mothers.
34. Anything New Is Bad
Example: If they could just reverse everything to the way it was when I was a little kid then it would be much better.