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The Eager Beaver Fallacy

The college freshman meme has morphed into the exact analogy I use for the eager-beaver fallacy:

It wouldn't be as funny, but something like: Takes Critical Thinking; Every Argument a Fallacy.

This needs tweaking.  Also, my variation on the "eager beaver" differs from Theo Clark's somewhat.  His applies to the mistaken assignment of fallacies in particular instances; my version is slightly more meta: the vice of too many Philosophy 101 students whereby every bad argument is fallacious and every instance of an argument scheme is fallacious. 

This, by the way, is the first fallacy I mention when teaching fallacies.