We could place the term “false analogy” into a group called a “logical fallacy“, which is a failure of reasoning. And so, as a reader, it is important to recognize logical fallacies, because they diminish the value of the author’s message.
So, like I said, a false analogy is a logical fallacy. And so, we could also call a false analogy a failure of reasoning. But, more specifically, it is when the author suggest that two things are similar when in fact, they are different. So, basically, a false analogy is a false comparison.
So, many times, an author uses a false analogy when they’re trying to convince the reader that something unknown is like something familiar. So, the author is taking something unknown to the reader and comparing it to something familiar.
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