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... Logical Fallacies: Introduction The common logical fallacies common are the defects that weaken an argument in an essay. The logical fallacies are common in articles such as newspaper, advertisement and other sources. They can be very persuasive to readers by they are meant for the casual reader and not considered in academic papers. Using logical fallacies in argument in academic writing might make the points in the paper weak. However, an argument in the academic paper should be strong and convincing. The common logical fallacies are a weak analogy, ad populum, appeal to pity, appeal to ignorance, appeal to ignorance, red herring and false dichotomy (Kirszner et al, 2012)..