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Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.
False Dilemma
AKA Black & White Thinking

Category: Fallacies of Presumption

A False Dilemma is a fallacy in which a person uses the following pattern of "reasoning":

  1. Either claim X is true or claim Y is true (when X and Y could both be false).
  2. Claim Y is false.
  3. Therefore claim X is true.
This line of "reasoning" is fallacious because if both claims could be false, then it cannot be inferred that one is true because the other is false. That this is the case is made clear by the following example:
  1. Either 1+1 =4 or 1+1=12.
  2. It is not the case that 1+1 = 4.
  3. Therefore 1+1 =12.
In cases in which the two options are, in fact, the only two options, this line of reasoning is not fallacious. For example:
  1. Bill is dead or he is alive.
  2. Bill is not dead.
  3. Therefore Bill is alive.

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 1,410 Total Answer Attempts   72%
 1,021 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 389 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

 
1,021 - False Dilemma
37 - Fallacy of Division
36 - Peer Pressure
35 - Guilt by Association
26 - Biased Generalization
20 - Hasty Generalization
17 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
17 - Appeal to Fear
13 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
13 - Appeal to Emotion
13 - Relativist Fallacy
13 - Personal Attack
12 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
12 - Middle Ground
10 - Misleading Vividness
9 - Appeal to Belief
9 - Appeal to Spite
7 - Slippery Slope
7 - Appeal to Ridicule
7 - Poisoning the Well
7 - Fallacy of Composition
7 - Ad Hominem
6 - Red Herring
6 - Genetic Fallacy
6 - Begging the Question
6 - Appeal to Authority
6 - Gambler's Fallacy
6 - Special Pleading
5 - Appeal to Novelty
4 - Ignoring a Common Cause
4 - Burden of Proof
4 - Confusing Cause and Effect
3 - Appeal to Pity
3 - Appeal to Common Practice
1 - Appeal to Popularity
1 - Appeal to Flattery
1 - Post Hoc

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