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Chapter 3. Pack the Essentials > How's That Again? Logic - Pg. 24

Pack the Essentials 24 How's That Again? Logic As you learned in Chapter 1, "Why Writing Matters," all writing is a kind of code, a system agreed upon by the writer and reader. The writer sends a message in a series of agreed-upon symbols. The reader then interprets the symbols (the letters and words) to decode the message. When the symbols aren't used correctly, the code cannot be read. The reader becomes confused and frus- trated at the writer's lack of logic. Writer's Block Avoid logical fallacies, statements that sound reasonable but really aren't. In Exhibit A, the statement, "That's why everyone should use herbs today," is an example of a specific logical fallacy called an overgeneralization, a statement that can't be true because it's too broad. Logical fallacies are covered in detail in Chapter 14, "Why Not See It My Way?: Persuasion and Argumentation." All writing must be logical, with examples that follow sensibly from one to another. Logical reasoning is sound reasoning. You can tell that an essay, letter, memo, or other writing is logical if it ...