Logic

Blog post
April 5, 2012, 5pm PDT
A couple of weeks ago, Todd Litman made a blog entry on logical fallacies in planning.*   After looking at the list of possible fallacies at the end of his post, I thought I would show some (hopefully not too common) examples of these fallacies:

Ad hominem (arguing against the person rather than the argument) – “Smart growth is in the U.N's Agenda 21 so we have to fight it to stop the U.N's plan to socialize the world.”  “Concern about urban containment is just another example of Tea Party extremism.”

Anageon (relying on inevitability)- “Sprawl is inevitable, so there’s nothing we can do about it.”

Michael Lewyn
Blog post
March 21, 2012, 11am PDT

Our profession relies on logical analysis of accurate data. There are an amazing number of ways to go wrong.

Todd Litman