Mar. 2nd, 2007

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This one drives me up the wall. I noticed an example of it in, of all things, Babylon 5, season 4. Captain Sheridan tells the alien Lorien that the first duty of a prisoner is to escape. Lorien then launches into a completely moronic speech about, "If you're a captive of love, should you try to escape to solitude?" and so on, using terribly flawed analogies and abusing the prisoner metaphor to within an inch of its life.

Of course, no analogy is perfect, but some are better than others. More discussion on this fallacy can be found here:

http://www.fallacyfiles.org/wanalogy.html

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