Factoverfallacy is about bringing substance back to the internet. We are about questioning, researching and expanding people’s minds. An opinion based on sound reasoning, logic, and empirical data is never really wrong; it’s debatable. An uneducated opinion formed by prejudice and bias is.
Fact: “a true piece of information” (1).
Fallacy: “a mistaken belief, especially one based on unsound argument” (2).
Opinion: “a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge” (3).
Prejudice: “preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience” (4).
Gibberish: “unintelligible or meaningless speech or writing; nonsense” (5).
The internet is riddled with erroneous information. Social media seems to be a breeding ground for it. When someone is asked to clarify or support their stance, the great words; “it is just my opinion” seems to be their safety net for spewing gibberish.
I don’t think I could have voiced my frustration better than Mick Cullen:
“I have had so many conversations or email exchanges with students in the last few years wherein I anger them by indicating that simply saying, “This is my opinion” does not preclude a connected statement from being dead wrong. It still baffles me that some feel those four words somehow give them carte blanche to spout batshit oratory or prose. And it really scares me that some of those students think education that challenges their ideas is equivalent to an attack on their beliefs” (6).
A true opinion is a belief that cannot be verified. In other words, it is a self-report. My favorite color is black, I like pizza, I feel good etc. However, with more probing, we might find the rhyme or reason for their outlook. An opinion can still be judged as illogical and thus meaningless in certain circumstances or societies. For example, if someone said I hate peas but never tried it before; it is a fallacy. Even if they tried it and hated it; maybe it was cooked incorrectly or that brand of pea is known to be of bad quality. I personally despised prunes as a child but loved them when I was told it was a chocolate chip cookie!
Factoverfallcy believes you can really conquer life and achieve goals well above your means when you apply logic, reason, and understanding. In the information era, we are a click away from knowledge in the form of hard sciences, soft sciences, polls and Metadata. I take to heart the saying “work smarter not harder.” Don’t let your foolish pride or prejudice get in the way of moving one step forward but taking two steps back.
We encourage comments, questions, and all educational input. Although we do not encourage empty thoughts (we want your brain wrinkly), we despise scare tactic fallacious responses. If you have a bias or a thought admit it. Nobody is perfect. I have an illogical fear of bees but you would never hear me argue that “all bees do is kill people, flowers and do nothing for society.” You will hear me say they are an essential for our food supply but keep them away from me!! I admit it. I discriminate against most bugs out of fear.
(1)” Definition of FACT. (2016). Merriam-webster.com. Retrieved 9 June 2016, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fact
(2) fallacy: definition of fallacy in Oxford dictionary (American English) (US). (2016). Oxforddictionaries.com. Retrieved 9 June 2016, from http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/fallacy
(3) Definition of OPINION. (2016). Merriam-webster.com. Retrieved 9 June 2016, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opinion
(4) prejudice: definition of prejudice in Oxford dictionary (American English) (US). (2016). Oxforddictionaries.com. Retrieved 9 June 2016, from http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/prejudice
(5) gibberish – Dictionary definition of gibberish | Encyclopedia.com: FREE online dictionary. (2016).Encyclopedia.com. Retrieved 9 June 2016, from http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1O999-gibberish.html
(6) Definition of FACT. (2016). Merriam-webster.com. Retrieved 9 June 2016, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fact