© Ugur Akinci
This is one of the most common logical fallacies in communication, technical or not.
“He was born in 1976. That’s why you can trust him.”
I’m sure, lots of people born in 1976 are trustworthy individuals.
But this argument depends on the following premise to be true:
ALL individuals born in 1976 are trustworthy.
This obviously is not true since some people born in 1976 are not trustworthy.
Thus trustworthiness cannot follow from being born in 1976. It’s a logical fallacy.
Other “non sequitur” statements:
“John is a funny guy and a great buddy of mine. That’s why I think we’ll be very successful in our new business venture. “
“He won every competition he entered. Therefore he’ll win the next one also.”