It was a dark and rainy night outside the ER. In between rendering aid to nocturnal sufferers, I concocted this little mass of burning fallacies for the club’s enjoyment.
You cannot trust people over 30! They all have sold out to the system. Anyone who says otherwise is an ignoramus. Young people have the advantage because they still have their youth. Everyone who has studied the history of science knows all the great discoveries were made by people who were less than 30. If you allow people over 30 to hold young people back, then the pace of discovery will slow dramatically. It may be that older people have some value, but we are better off to ignore that fact. It will just make life more complicated.
insufficient_sample by GhiOm
There is an unsupported over-generalisation in the five first sentences.
Usage of “all”, “anyone”, “everyone” has a clear over-generalization smell.
There is in the text no argument supporting these assertions.
(It sounds very familiar though !)
ad_hominem by John B. Brown
“anyone who says otherwise is an ignoramus”
This is not an argument, it is an insult
tautology by John B. Brown
“Young people have the advantage because they still have their youth.”
This is repetitive, redundant and duplicative. It is a tautology
appeal_to_conseq by John B. Brown
“If you allow people over 30 to hold young people back, then the pace of discovery will slow dramatically.”
This is an appeal to consequence.