Making Sense on Stage

How to speak to your audience’s sense of logic

Auguste Rodin’s “The Thinker” on display at the Peabody Essex Museum’s exhibit: “Rodin: Transforming Sculpture.” (Andrea Shea/WBUR)

It‘s my belief that this ‘special place’ is reserved for most vague speakers.

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Pietro Bazzanti, a copy of a Roman copy of a Greek statue, “The Wrestlers”, Soumaya Museum, Mexico City. Public Domain.

“At his best, man is the noblest of all animals;” — Aristotle

“First step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one.” — Will McAvoy

1. Equivocation

“La jeunesse d’Aristote” a statue of a young Aristotle (the author of the first thirteen fallacies) by Charles Degeorge. On display at Musée d’Orsay. Photo by Tim Schapker.

2. Fallacy of Division

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Statue of Roman goddess Fortuna also known as ‘Tyche’ to the Greeks. Often depicted as blind due to the fleeting nature of luck as well as holding a cornucopia (the goat’s horn). Vatican, Rome. Photo by Serguel.

3. Fallacy of Composition

4. Hasty Generalization

“Augustus of Prima Porta”. Marble statue of Augustus Caesar addressing the troops. Vatican Museum. Photo by Tyler Bell.

5. False dichotomy

6. Complex Question Fallacy

7. Double-barreled question

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