No True Scotsman/Moving The Goalposts

Cheap trick or acceptable logic? Another version of the “Straw Man Fallacy?”

The namesake example of the “No True Scotsman” logical fallacy or scam goes:

“No true Scotsman eats porridge with sugar on it.”

“Angus McDuff does!”

“Well then, he’s no true Scotsman.”


I begin to recognize the currency of this flawed logic in many contexts beyond porridge.

In medicine if unorthodox treatments work for a particular condition the NTS response is that the condition did not exist or was misdiagnosed.

In politics it goes with the typical double-talk of vague promises and pandering slogans. There is great and there is Great. USA is the greatest country in the world vs. Make America Great Again.

In the world of dog breeding and kennel clubs you can find it in the standards and judging.




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