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Logic and rhetoric
“”Existence is not a predicate. A hundred thalers that I merely imagine have all the same predicates as a hundred real thalers.
Word magic is a logical fallacy that occurs when it is assumed that an entity exists, because the word for it exists.
- Appeal to consequences
- Etymological fallacy
- Mistaking the map for the territory
- Sapir-Whorf hypothesis
- Wishful thinking
- Word magic is not to be confused with Max Tegmark's ultimate ensemble hypothesis, which holds that anything that can be mathematically defined and is computable, exists. "Word magic" does not require the concept named to be logically consistent, so it is a fallacy.
- Logical Fallacy of Word Magic, SeekFind.net — unintentional examples of fallacious uses of word magic, i.e., fundamentalist Christian confusion about the difference between scientific terminology and word magic
- Word Magic, W. WARD FEARNSIDE & WILLIAM B. HOLTHER
- word magic, Philosophy in Action
- Word Magic, Logically Fallacious