As the moderator of The Scholarly Kitchen’s comments section, this has been a tiring couple of weeks. Clearly Sci-Hub (which, it should be remembered has been around for 3 years) is driving a lot of passionate opinions among researchers, librarians, publishers and other stakeholders in the community. At times the sheer quantity can become overwhelming, and often there is more heat than light. It’s always fascinating to see how people interpret an article or interpret the comments of others.
One counterproductive tendency of internet arguing is the very common tendency to fall into the use of logical fallacies. As the You Are Not So Smart podcast notes,
If you have ever shared an opinion on the internet, you have probably been in an internet argument, and if you have been in enough internet arguments you have likely been called out for committing a logical fallacy…
The video below discusses some of the most common fallacies, and what I particularly like about it is that it makes it clear that employing a logical fallacy is often not a deliberate attempt to mislead, and that while it’s fine to point them out, one shouldn’t always assume a dishonest motive.