Definition: Hamster-wheel Logic

Hamster-wheel logic

The use of a rapid series of circular arguments to argue a point. It is similar to a “Gish gallop”, a debating technique that involves drowning the opponent in a torrent of half-truths, lies, and straw-man arguments.

Example: The creationist Kem Ham’s attempt to answer the question: “How do we know other religions aren’t true?” as commented on by PZ Myers.

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  1. Rebecca says:

    Not strictly a loopholing tactic or logical fallacy, but a fun term coined by some members on a forum I was on was “circle of piss”. It goes a little something like this;

    “I think X is wrong [could be gay adoption for example] because the kids grow up with horrible lives”
    Then you present evidence against issue X, or make the point that no evidence exists for their claim.
    …..”But, I still think it is wrong, you know, because of the bad lives they will get by being raised by a gay couple”
    Repeat cycle. Stretch out into ten pages. And then give up by saying “this is a circle of piss”. It’s basically a hell of a lot of ignoring each other and repetition!

    Sidepoint over. I do like having terms for recognisable tactics.

    1. Veronica says:

      Believe that would be an argument from incredulity. They cannot, for personal reasons, imagine that children with gay parents can turn out well, therefore children with gay parents do not turn out well. Another fun one that religious people use very often.

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