Logical  Fallacy: a error in reasoning
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"It's not right when another country lets our music, movies, and software be pirated."
Appeal to Belief
Category: Fallacies of Relevance (Red Herrings)

Appeal to Belief is a fallacy that has this general pattern:

  1. Most people believe that a claim, X, is true.
  2. Therefore X is true.
This line of "reasoning" is fallacious because the fact that many people believe a claim does not, in general, serve as evidence that the claim is true.

There are, however, some cases when the fact that many people accept a claim as true is an indication that it is true. For example, while you are visiting Maine, you are told by several people that they believe that people older than 16 need to buy a fishing license in order to fish. Barring reasons to doubt these people, their statements give you reason to believe that anyone over 16 will need to buy a fishing license.

There are also cases in which what people believe actually determines the truth of a claim. For example, the truth of claims about manners and proper behavior might simply depend on what people believe to be good manners and proper behavior. Another example is the case of community standards, which are often taken to be the standards that most people accept. In some cases, what violates certain community standards is taken to be obscene. In such cases, for the claim "x is obscene" to be true is for most people in that community to believe that x is obscene. In such cases it is still prudent to question the justification of the individual beliefs.

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Begging the Question
Petitio Principii

AKA Circular Reasoning, Reasoning in a Circle

Category: Fallacies of Presumption

Begging the Question is a fallacy in which the premises include the claim that the conclusion is true or (directly or indirectly) assume that the conclusion is true. This sort of "reasoning" typically has the following form.

  1. Premises in which the truth of the conclusion is claimed or the truth of the conclusion is assumed (either directly or indirectly).
  2. Claim C (the conclusion) is true.
This sort of "reasoning" is fallacious because simply assuming that the conclusion is true (directly or indirectly) in the premises does not constitute evidence for that conclusion. Obviously, simply assuming a claim is true does not serve as evidence for that claim. This is especially clear in particularly blatant cases: "X is true. The evidence for this claim is that X is true."

Some cases of question begging are fairly blatant, while others can be extremely subtle.

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 552 Total Answer Attempts   51%
 279 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 273 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

144 - Appeal to Belief
135 - Begging the Question
21 - Appeal to Emotion
20 - Appeal to Tradition
19 - Personal Attack
17 - Appeal to Spite
14 - Appeal to Authority
12 - Special Pleading
12 - Biased Generalization
12 - Relativist Fallacy
12 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
10 - Poisoning the Well
10 - Appeal to Common Practice
9 - Burden of Proof
8 - Ignoring a Common Cause
8 - Hasty Generalization
6 - Appeal to Pity
6 - Slippery Slope
6 - Misleading Vividness
6 - Fallacy of Composition
6 - Appeal to Ridicule
6 - Peer Pressure
5 - Confusing Cause and Effect
5 - False Dilemma
5 - Appeal to Popularity
4 - Genetic Fallacy
4 - Appeal to Fear
4 - Post Hoc
4 - Red Herring
4 - Ad Hominem
4 - Guilt by Association
3 - Fallacy of Division
3 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
3 - Middle Ground
2 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
1 - Appeal to Flattery
1 - Gambler's Fallacy
1 - Appeal to Novelty

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