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"Aww, no no come on, don't give me that bullsh*t. You're a more intelligent man than that. There has NEVER BEEN A CONSPIRACY IN THIS COUNTRY."
Appeal to Flattery
AKA Apple Polishing, various 'colorful' expressions

Category: Fallacies of Relevance (Red Herrings) → Distracting Appeals

An Appeal to Flattery is a fallacy of the following form:

  1. Person A is flattered by person B.
  2. Person B makes claim X.
  3. Therefore X is true.
The basic idea behind this fallacy is that flattery is presented in the place of evidence for accepting a claim. This sort of "reasoning" is fallacious because flattery is not, in fact, evidence for a claim. This is especially clear in a case like this: "My Bill, that is a really nice tie. By the way, it is quite clear that one plus one is equal to forty three."

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Appeal to Ridicule
AKA Appeal to Mockery, The Horse Laugh

Category: Fallacies of Relevance (Red Herrings) → Ad hominems (Genetic Fallacies)

The Appeal to Ridicule is a fallacy in which ridicule or mockery is substituted for evidence in an "argument." This line of "reasoning" has the following form:

  1. X, which is some form of ridicule is presented (typically directed at the claim).
  2. Therefore claim C is false.
This sort of "reasoning" is fallacious because mocking a claim does not show that it is false. This is especially clear in the following example: "1+1=2! That's the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard!"

It should be noted that showing that a claim is ridiculous through the use of legitimate methods (such as a non fallacious argument) can make it reasonable to reject the claim. One form of this line of reasoning is known as a "reductio ad absurdum" ("reducing to absurdity"). In this sort of argument, the idea is to show that a contradiction (a statement that must be false) or an absurd result follows from a claim. For example: "Bill claims that a member of a minority group cannot be a racist. However, this is absurd. Think about this: white males are a minority in the world. Given Bill's claim, it would follow that no white males could be racists. Hence, the Klan, Nazis, and white supremacists are not racist organizations."

Since the claim that the Klan, Nazis, and white supremacists are not racist organizations is clearly absurd, it can be concluded that the claim that a member of a minority cannot be a racist is false.

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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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 508 Total Answer Attempts   71%
 359 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 149 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

 
136 - Appeal to Flattery
128 - Appeal to Ridicule
95 - Begging the Question
15 - Appeal to Emotion
13 - Burden of Proof
11 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
11 - Ad Hominem
11 - Red Herring
9 - Hasty Generalization
9 - Appeal to Common Practice
8 - Personal Attack
7 - Biased Generalization
6 - Appeal to Tradition
6 - Poisoning the Well
6 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
5 - Fallacy of Composition
4 - Peer Pressure
4 - False Dilemma
3 - Appeal to Belief
3 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
3 - Ignoring a Common Cause
2 - Appeal to Spite
2 - Relativist Fallacy
2 - Genetic Fallacy
2 - Appeal to Fear
1 - Fallacy of Division
1 - Appeal to Popularity
1 - Slippery Slope
1 - Confusing Cause and Effect
1 - Misleading Vividness
1 - Post Hoc
1 - Appeal to Authority

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