Logical  Fallacy: a error in reasoning
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I refuse to believe people in U.S. government positions could have been involved in planning the events of 9/11 because I just couldn't bear to live in a world where that could happen.
Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
Argumentum Ad Consequentium

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

The Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief is a fallacy that comes in the following patterns:

#1: X is true because if people did not accept X as being true, then there would be negative consequences.
#2: X is false because if people did not accept X as being false, then there would be negative consequences.

#3: X is true because accepting that X is true has positive consequences.
#4: X is false because accepting that X is false has positive consequences.

#5: I wish that X were true, therefore X is true. This is known as Wishful Thinking.
#6: I wish that X were false, therefore X is false. This is known as Wishful Thinking.

This line of "reasoning" is fallacious because the consequences of a belief have no bearing on whether the belief is true or false. For example, if someone were to say "If sixteen-headed purple unicorns don't exist, then I would be miserable, so they must exist", it would be clear that this would not be a good line of reasoning. It is important to note that the consequences in question are the consequences that stem from the belief. It is important to distinguish between a rational reason to believe (RRB) (evidence) and a prudential reason to believe (PRB) (motivation). A RRB is evidence that objectively and logically supports the claim. A PRB is a reason to accept the belief because of some external factor (such as fear, a threat, or a benefit or harm that may stem from the belief) that is relevant to what a person values but is not relevant to the truth or falsity of the claim. The nature of the fallacy is especially clear in the case of Wishful thinking. Obviously, merely wishing that something is true does not make it true. This fallacy differs from the Appeal to Belief fallacy in that the Appeal to Belief involves taking a claim that most people believe that X is true to be evidence for X being true.

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 1,004 Total Answer Attempts   69%
 690 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 314 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

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

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