Trick your friends but don't get tricked!

Sophistry is the Game of Half-Truths where you fool your friends with deceptive tricks. It's filled with quotes from famous speeches, events, stories and films, but these quotes use clever logical fallacies to mislead you. To win the game, you need to quickly catch the fallacies that your friends use on you, while speaking your own fallacies without getting caught.

What are Logical Fallacies?

Logical fallacies are pseudological arguments. They are ways of thinking and speaking that feel true or truthy, but if you take the time to think about them, you will see that they are not logically valid.

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Logical fallacies are pseudological arguments. They are ways of thinking and speaking that feel true or truthy, but if you take the time to think about them, you will see that they are not logically valid.

The great (or terrible) thing about logical fallacies is that they are half-truths. When you use a fallacy, you are not lying per se, but you can still be successful in making people believe untrue things.

When you tune your mind, and start listening for them, you will see that the world is filled with fallacies. You'll find them in the news, in conversations with friends and even in your own thoughts. Politicians use them to win you over. Marketers and advertisers use them to sell you things. Some people use them dishonestly because they want to manipulate you, but most people use them accidentally because they don't know any better.

Here is an example. One of the most basic logical fallacies is the appeal to popularity. This is when you argue that something must be true because many people believe it.

Cards to speak, cards to silence

The game of Sophistry uses two kinds of cards - quote cards and fallacy cards. You must read quote cards, identify the fallacy in the quote, then play the correct fallacy card if you have it. There are three different modes of play and the game mechanics a little different depending on which mode your are playing in. The three modes (solo practice, multiplayer and arena play) are described in more detail below.

Free, Real-Time, Multiplayer Game with No Installation or Sign Up

Sophistry is a progressive web app. This means that you can play it directly over the web whenever you want, and there is no need to install any apps on your phone or computer. You can create a user account on sophistry.co to save your games and achievements, or you can play anonymously with no strings attached.

It is a real-time multiplayer game where each player or team joins the game through their own smartphone or other device.

Sophistry is an education game that we provide freely to help you practice your critical thinking skills, or teach others. Enjoy!

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Multiplayer is where individuals play against each other. Each player must have their own smartphone or other device.

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Arena play is great for public events, classes and training workshops. Players join into teams (3-5 players per team is best) and each team must have a leader. The team leader is the person who uses their smart phone or other device to enter the team's answers.

Arena play allows large numbers of people to play, and it is great for beginners because they can discuss with others before answering.

Arena play is extra-fun when there is a host to facilitate the game, and a projector or screen where quotes can be displayed, but these things are not required.