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The Big Bang Theory - Reductio Ad Absurdum
In the episode 1x07 titled "The Dumpling Paradox", about seven minutes in, Sheldon says, referring to Leonard:
"He's engaging in reductio ad absurdum. It's the fallacy of extending someone's
argument to ridiculous proportions and then criticizing the result."
Actually, what Sheldon was trying to say was argumentum ad absurdum. Reductio ad absurdum is no fallacy, but instead a very much valid method of disproving propositions.
Sheldon certainly should have known better.
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Contributed By: Fibonacci on 06-29-2009 and Reviewed By: MaryK
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cktailgrl writes:
Your slip-up dovetails into an on-going series of such in The Big Bang Theory. These four men are brilliant...yet often use the grammar of the decidedly non-brilliant, most especially when it comes to pronouns. I often hear something similar to "Penny went to the comic book store with Sheldon and I." (It'd be "me.") "Who ordered the dumplings? It was me!." (Yeah, that'd be "I.") There are often more that one or two of these grammatical errors in each episode. The show cracks me up, I adore it, but men this intelligent would be more aware of their grammar.
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