Skip to main content

Can you outsmart the college admissions fallacy? - Elizabeth Cox

  • 578,593 Views
  • 636 Questions Answered
  • TEDEd Animation

Let’s Begin…

It’s 1990. A prospective student has filed a complaint about Virginia Military institute’s admissions policy that excludes women. The state argues that VMI’s single sex education is an “important governmental objective” and that the exclusion of women from VMI is essential to that objective. Can you spot the problem with this argument? Elizabeth Cox explores the circular reasoning fallacy.

Create and share a new lesson based on this one.

About TED-Ed Animations

TED-Ed Animations feature the words and ideas of educators brought to life by professional animators. Are you an educator or animator interested in creating a TED-Ed Animation? Nominate yourself here »

Meet The Creators

  • Educator Elizabeth Cox
  • Director Hector Herrera, Pazit Cahlon, TOGETHER
  • Narrator Jack Cutmore-Scott
  • Storyboard Artist Pazit Cahlon
  • Animator Hector Herrera
  • Art Director Hector Herrera
  • Sound Designer Nick Sewell
  • Composer Massassauga
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
  • Producer Anna Bechtol
  • Associate Producer Abdallah Ewis
Additional Resources for you to Explore
Fallacies are arguments based on insubstantial reasoning or logic. Sometimes, these fallacies become the rule of the thumb. When we make an argument, the point is that we provide reasons to back our claims however when we are unable to back our claims we fall into logical fallacies.

One of such logical fallacy is circular reasoning, which is when you attempt to make an argument by beginning with an assumption that what you are trying to prove is already true.

For more examples of circular reasoning, check out this resource. Another helpful resource is on Logically Fallacious. If you're looking for basic definitions and simple definitions, check out this Soft Schools.

For more information about logical fallacies, check out the links below:

Stephen’s guide of fallacies describes and gives detailed examples about fallacies

An illustrated book of bad arguments by Ali Almossawi is a delightful illustrated book about different kinds of fallacies.

Logically Fallacious is an ultimate collection of fallacies. In this book, Bo Bennett helps to see what kind of fallacies that occur in our arguments and helps realise the flaws in our arguments. Visit this interactive site to learn more about different types of fallacies.

Bad Arguments: 100 of the Most Important Fallacies in Western Philosophy. This book will help to see flawed arguments and fallacies and help you learn more about how to form better arguments.

The circular reasoning fallacy is only one of many logical fallacies. Watch episodes from TED-Ed’s Logical Fallacies series here to see if you can outsmart these common fallacies!

Avatar for Pebbles xD
I KNOW I SOUND LIKE A CYCO PATH BUT humans do not think about what they are actually doing. actually, were all selfish... in a way
06/11/2022 • 
 0 Responses
 / 0 Updates

Customize this lesson

Create and share a new lesson based on this one.

About TED-Ed Animations

TED-Ed Animations feature the words and ideas of educators brought to life by professional animators. Are you an educator or animator interested in creating a TED-Ed Animation? Nominate yourself here »

Meet The Creators

  • Educator Elizabeth Cox
  • Director Hector Herrera, Pazit Cahlon, TOGETHER
  • Narrator Jack Cutmore-Scott
  • Storyboard Artist Pazit Cahlon
  • Animator Hector Herrera
  • Art Director Hector Herrera
  • Sound Designer Nick Sewell
  • Composer Massassauga
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
  • Producer Anna Bechtol
  • Associate Producer Abdallah Ewis